Entry-Level Attorney Salary

Entry-Level Attorneys in the United States can expect wages of $55K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and just under one-half have dental, too. Men working as Entry-Level Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,756 - $80,965
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,333
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50%
90%

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$12.32 - $77.50
(Median)
$12
$23
$78
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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
$38,756 - $80,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,098  
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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$37,365 - $86,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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
$12.32 - $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 - $10,098  
   
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).
)
$37,365 - $86,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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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Popular Skills for Entry-Level Attorney


Survey results show that Entry-Level Attorneys typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Litigation Case Management, Legal Research, and Legal Document Review can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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
$56,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Attorney Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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National Average
$56,000

Legal Document Review
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 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: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%