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Entry-Level Attorney Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Attorney earns an average salary of $53,974 per year.
Entry-Level Attorney Salary (?
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$38,375 - $80,679
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,973
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Entry-Level Attorney Salary (?
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$12.08 - $77.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,375 - $80,679  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $10,000  
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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$35,923 - $86,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $77.50  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $10,000  
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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$35,923 - $86,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Philadelphia
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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San Francisco
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Houston
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Miami
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$54,000
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Research
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National Average
$54,000
Litigation Case Management
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Legal Document Review
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
44%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
2%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%