Entry-Level Attorney Salary

The average Entry-Level Attorney in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one-half. Women Entry-Level Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Attorneys is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,484 - $77,974
$39K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,045
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$15.21 - $39.45
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.29
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,484 - $77,974  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,078  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,732 - $78,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$34.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,732 - $78,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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Job Description for Entry-Level Attorney

Entry-level attorneys are normally employed in larger law firms for work that must be performed by persons with legal training. As the most inexperienced lawyers at a firm, entry-level attorneys may not be asked to present a casein a courtroom. Instead, they generally assist more senior legal personnel with casework, research, writing, and information collecting. They typically work with partners to ensure the firm’s clients receive the best possible legal representation.

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Entry-Level Attorney Tasks

  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Evaluate findings and work with upper level attorneys to develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Assist attorneys with gathering evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions.

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Entry-Level Attorneys who move on to become Attorneys may enjoy significant pay raises, as Attorneys get paid an average of $81K per year.

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Key Stats for Entry-Level Attorney

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
49%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

▼0%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Document Review
▲4%

National Average
$53,000

Legal Research
▼5%

Litigation Case Management
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
49%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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