An Entry-Level Attorney earns an average salary of $53,773 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Entry-Level Attorney Total Pay (?
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$38,446 - $82,609
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54K
66K
83K
MEDIAN: $53,772
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Entry-Level Attorney Total Pay (?
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$12.09 - $56.17
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,446 - $82,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,236  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$36,192 - $93,029  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 946
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$120$240$360
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $56.17  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $345.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$240K$480K$720K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,236  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$36,192 - $93,029  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 946
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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
New York
up arrow 18%
Washington
up arrow 18%
Philadelphia
up arrow 17%
Orlando
up arrow 13%
Phoenix
up arrow 13%
Miami
up arrow 12%
San Francisco
up arrow 12%
Houston
up arrow 11%
Los Angeles
up arrow 10%
Chicago
up arrow 9%
National Average
$55,000
Atlanta
up arrow 4%
Nashville
up arrow 9%
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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

National Average
$55,000
Legal Research
up arrow 2%
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 123 votes.
Gender
Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
43%
1-4 years
54%
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: 32% employee benefits None: 28%
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