Entry-Level Attorney Salary (United States)

Almost all of Entry-Level Attorneys are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $54,574 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $35,844 to $91,073 per year. While some workers in this profession—28 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and 45 percent have dental insurance. Male Entry-Level Attorneys are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 52 percent of the field. Most Entry-Level Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Attorney Salary (?
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$38,290 - $81,804
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,949
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Entry-Level Attorney Salary (?
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$12.15 - $55.47
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,290 - $81,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,154  
Profit Sharing
$1,487 - $10,084  
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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$35,844 - $91,073  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 664
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $55.47  
   
Overtime
$21.62 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,154  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,487 - $10,084  
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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$35,844 - $91,073  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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.

Common Career Paths for Entry-Level Attorney

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More often than not, Entry-Level Attorneys can expect a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Lawyer can offer an extra $26K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Skills for Entry-Level Attorney

Job skills reported by Entry-Level Attorneys are limited. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Document Review and Litigation Case Management. Most people familiar with Legal Research also know Legal Document Review.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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Philadelphia
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Chicago
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Miami
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Houston
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National Average
$55,000
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For Entry-Level Attorneys, Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Research
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National Average
$55,000
Litigation Case Management
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Legal Document Review
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
44%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
2%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 28%
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