$80,735
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$5,120

Profit Sharing

$3,000

Commission

$10,000

The average pay for an Associate Attorney (Law Firm) is $80,735 per year.

$50,517 - $143,868
$51K
$81K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,735
10%
50%
90%

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$16.15 - $81.70
$16
$30
$82
MEDIAN: $29.66
10%
50%
90%

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$0$159K
Salary $50,517 - $143,868
Bonus $992 - $24,628
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,062
Commission $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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$51,036 - $159,144
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 593
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $16.15 - $81.70
Overtime $40.00
Annual Data $0$159K
Bonus $992 - $24,628
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,062
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).
)
$51,036 - $159,144
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 26

Job Description for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Associate attorneys at law firms are responsible for completing legal tasks for their firm. They conduct research for current legal cases, attend court proceedings, and provide accurate analysis and advice on future legal actions. In addition, they complete and deliver crucial documents to courts as needed. Associate attorneys provide legal advice to their clients, and thus must respect confidentiality agreements. They also negotiate on behalf on their firm with jury selection, and they may also argue cases in court.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)


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Associate Attorneys at Law Firms may progress into high-paying roles like Law Firm Partner, where median compensation is $204K annually. Many Associate Attorneys at Law Firms choose to become Attorneys and Associate Attorneys as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $1K less and $10K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)


Associate Attorneys at Law Firms report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Legal Research are also skilled in Technical Writing and Complex Litigation Case Management. Those familiar with Litigation Case Management tend to be well versed in Complex Litigation Case Management and Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Pay by Experience for an Associate Attorney (Law Firm) has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 245 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Associate Attorney (Law Firm) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 51 salaries. An Associate Attorney (Law Firm) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

36%

30%

-13%

National Average: $83,186

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

For Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Associate Attorneys at Law Firms can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+48 percent), Boston (+39 percent), Houston (+38 percent), and New York (+32 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for Associate Attorney (Law Firm)

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

▲33%

▲28%

▲15%

National Average
$83,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲44%



litigation
▲3%

Technical Writing
▲1%

National Average
$83,000


Legal Document Review
▼1%


▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 24%