Associate Attorney Salary

Associate Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $72K per year on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K each, total incomes of Associate Attorneys generally range from $48K to $128K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Associate Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. Women make up a slight majority of Associate Attorneys (52 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,600 - $119,588
$49K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,085
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$16.62 - $63.16
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MEDIAN: $30.10
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$0$126K
Salary $48,600 - $119,588
Bonus $512 - $15,387
Profit Sharing $15.83 - $17,912
Commission $493.16 - $20,114
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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$48,753 - $126,723
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,059
Hourly Data $0$95
Hourly Rate $16.62 - $63.16
Overtime $14.48 - $95.00
Annual Data $0$126K
Bonus $512 - $15,387
Commission $493.16 - $20,114
Profit Sharing $15.83 - $17,912
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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$48,753 - $126,723
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 135

Job Description for Associate Attorney

Associate attorneys are lawyers who usually have a minimal amount of experience in the field. Many are just out of law school and developing their careers. Associate attorneys typically start out under the guidance of an experienced attorney, assisting with cases and writing reports. After gaining experience, associate attorneys can move up in the ranks of a law firm and start taking on their own clients, and acting as the lead attorney in cases. Associate attorneys essentially do the same job as a regular attorney, and also have other responsibilities such as researching legal information, writing legal briefs and preparing legal documents. Associate attorneys may also take part in jury selection, advising clients, negotiating with outside colleagues, and helping to argue a case in court. Associate attorneys work for their law firms as employees and are not considered partners, nor do they have any ownership in the firm. Their time in a position at a law firm is a valuable opportunity to build their contact list and create a network that they can use throughout their career.

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Associate Attorney Tasks

  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.

Common Career Paths for Associate Attorney


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Associate Attorneys who go on to become Law Firm Partners may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Law Firm Partners is $204K annually. Associate Attorneys most often move into positions as Attorneys or Corporate Counsels; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $44K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Associate Attorney


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Associate Attorneys include Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jimenez, Small Law Firm, Jackson Lewis Llp, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman,&Dicker Llp, and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. Jackson Lewis Llp leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $118K.

Popular Skills for Associate Attorney


Associate Attorneys seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Bankruptcy as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Spanish Language and litigation also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Client Interaction also know Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney

Pay by Experience for an Associate Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 3,176 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 773 salaries. An experienced Associate Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 216 salaries. An Associate Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 48 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,017

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Associate Attorneys in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Associate Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+37 percent), New York (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 5 percent below the national average.

Associate Attorney Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Associate Attorney?

Associate Attorney in New York:
"Experience."
Pros: Variety of projects, interactions with people across university, intellectual challenges, solving problems, advising and providing legal guidance. Flexibility, 4 day weeks during the summer, regular hours.
Cons: Poor management, no support or mentorship, treated as a "junior" even though I have at least 20 years of experience in the working world. Poor division of labor, incredibly dysfunctional intake system, poor communication between leadership and staff, hoarding of knowledge and keeping me in the dark about decisions that affect me.

Associate Attorney in West Palm Beach:
"A place to grow if they water the seed."
Pros: Great work-life balance; amazing opportunity for professional development and growth; really like co-workers and staff; autonomy.
Cons: Lack of organization in leadership and I am not sure they are willing to compensate me for the value I bring to the firm. I get push back on taking leadership roles because I am "just an associate."

Associate Attorney in New York:
"Long Hours, High Stress, Always in Court, Plenty of research."
Pros: Good Bosses, interesting work.
Cons: Long Hours, Clientele, adversaries can be a pain.

Associate Attorney in Denver:
"Work Flexibility and Low Stress."
Pros: Great people, very smart and flexible, stress free work.
Cons: Work flow could be more.

Associate Attorney in Sarasota:
"Fast Paced."
Pros: Learning, assisting people during a difficult time, litigating.
Cons: Stress, low pay.

Associate Attorney in Charleston:
"Long hours; all of the busy work."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: Pay; low salary; hourly work vs. Salaried employee; lack of communication; lack of focus for company; lack of commitment to employees.

Associate Attorney in Denver:
Pros: Work flexibility, work culture.
Cons: Stressful, dont get paid enough.

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Key Stats for Associate Attorney

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 613 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Associate Attorney Salaries

▲49%

▲44%

▲26%

National Average
$74,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 613 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 24%