Entry-Level Attorney Salary

Entry-Level Attorneys in the United States pull down an average of $56K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Attorneys (51 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Entry-Level Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,426 - $82,270

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$12.09 - $97.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,426 - $82,270  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,043  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $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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$37,015 - $90,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 522
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $97.66  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $98.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $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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$37,015 - $90,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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Many Entry-Level Attorneys move into an Attorney role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $81K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Entry-Level Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Litigation Case Management, Legal Research, and Legal Document Review can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Document Review. Experience with Legal Document Review is often linked with knowledge of Legal Research.

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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$57,000

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
46%
1-4 years
51%
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: 34% employee benefits None: 28%
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