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Entry-Level Attorney Salary

The average Entry-Level Attorney in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Attorneys making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and slightly less than one-half receive dental plans. The majority of Entry-Level Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,754 - $80,911
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,530
10%
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90%

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$12.22 - $54.76
(Median)
$12
$23
$55
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,754 - $80,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,078  
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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$37,701 - $86,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate 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$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $54.76  
   
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 - $10,078  
   
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).
)
$37,701 - $86,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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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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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Survey takers who work as Entry-Level Attorneys usually 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 pay less than market rate include Legal Document Review. Legal Research is a skill commonly found among those who know Legal Document Review.

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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$56,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

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: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%
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