Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salary

An average Associate Attorney at a Law Firm in the United States can expect to take home roughly $80K annually. In the world of Associate Attorneys at Law Firms, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $154K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $25K and $16K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and one-half have dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. For the most part, Associate Attorneys at Law Firms enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,774 - $138,798
$51K
$81K
$140K
MEDIAN: $80,833
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50%
90%

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$17.50 - $80.00
$18
$29
$80
MEDIAN: $29.28
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$0$145K
Salary $50,774 - $138,798
Bonus $972 - $20,603
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,095
Commission $7,000
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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$51,278 - $145,280
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 377
Hourly Data $0$80
Hourly Rate $17.50 - $80.00
Overtime $40.00
Annual Data $0$145K
Bonus $972 - $20,603
Commission $7,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $16,095
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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$51,278 - $145,280
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19

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

National Average: $83,096

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
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Associate Attorney (Law Firm) Salaries

▲34%

▲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 46 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 24%