Entry-Level Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Attorneys (58 percent) survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,232 - $78,486
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,488
10%
50%
90%

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$12.77 - $39.15
(Median)
$13
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$39,232 - $78,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,106  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$39,307 - $79,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$34.82  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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).
)
$39,307 - $79,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

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

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Entry-Level Attorneys might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Attorney, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $81K per year.

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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 8%

National Average
$54,000

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
48%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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