Average Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

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The average salary for an Associate Attorney (Law Firm) is $80,462.
MEDIAN $80,462
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$53k - $151k
$992 - $25k
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$996 - $16k
$4k - $23k
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$53k - $164k

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Job Description for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Associate Attorney (Law Firm) 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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Associate Attorney (Law Firm). Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Associate Attorney (Law Firm)
Corporate Counsel
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Popular Skills for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Skills in Complex Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing, Negotiation, Litigation Case Management and Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

An entry-level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $66,116 based on 173 salaries. An early career Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,994 based on 380 salaries. A mid-career Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,092 based on 176 salaries. An experienced Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,058 based on 66 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $104,964.
Employees with Associate Attorney (Law Firm) in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 61.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (23.4% more) and New York, New York (21.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (17.1% less) and Dallas, Texas (0.3% less).

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