Entry-Level Attorney Salary

Entry-Level Attorneys in the United States can expect wages of $57K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Women Entry-Level Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,716 - $82,153
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$82K
MEDIAN: $57,154
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90%

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$12.00 - $51.78
(Median)
$12
$24
$52
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,716 - $82,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,926  
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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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$36,895 - $86,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 488
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $51.78  
   
Overtime
$36.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,926  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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).
)
$36,895 - $86,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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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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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Entry-Level Attorneys only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Legal Document Review, Litigation Case Management, and Legal Research can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research. Competency in Legal Document Review frequently indicates knowledge of Legal Research.

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Experience Affects Entry-Level Attorney Salaries


National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Legal Document Review
up arrow 2%

National Average
$57,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Legal Research
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
46%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

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