Entry-Level Attorney Salary

The average Entry-Level Attorney in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Attorneys making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Attorneys. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,698 - $82,030
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $56,109
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$12.32 - $77.50
(Median)
$12
$22
$78
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,698 - $82,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,062  
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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$37,329 - $88,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 538
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $77.50  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $97.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,062  
   
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).
)
$37,329 - $88,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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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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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Entry-Level Attorneys only report a few specific 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Document Review. Legal Document Review and Legal Research are also commonly seen together.

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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


Mid-Career
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National Average
$56,000

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$56,000

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
45%
1-4 years
52%
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: 27%
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