Updated August 18, 2021
Average Associate Attorney Salary
$119,000 yearly
$57.36 hourly

Entry level Salary
$63,000 yearly
$63,000
10 %
$119,000
Median
$222,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$222,000$18,500$107
75th Percentile$165,000$13,750$79
Average$119,310$9,943$57
25th Percentile$85,000$7,083$41
10th Percentile$63,000$5,250$30

Average Associate Attorney Salary By State

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Associate Attorney average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$72,074$34.6510
Alaska$70,322$33.814
Arizona$82,745$39.7848
Arkansas$57,556$27.6714
California$116,799$56.15503
Colorado$74,845$35.9857
Connecticut$98,171$47.2018
Delaware$86,084$41.399
District of Columbia$106,630$51.26193
Florida$72,682$34.94294
Georgia$75,683$36.39125
Hawaii$92,777$44.603
Idaho$67,245$32.3317
Illinois$77,211$37.12107
Indiana$63,646$30.6044
Iowa$61,553$29.5912
Kansas$55,541$26.7012
Kentucky$67,388$32.4014
Louisiana$67,005$32.2123
Maine$83,018$39.918
Maryland$80,679$38.7944
Massachusetts$94,825$45.5999
Michigan$64,303$30.9172
Minnesota$64,841$31.1768
Mississippi$65,970$31.724
Missouri$67,812$32.6048
Montana$49,341$23.7218
Nebraska$60,702$29.1820
Nevada$93,746$45.0711
New Hampshire$76,812$36.936
New Jersey$87,038$41.8573
New Mexico$91,317$43.9013
New York$105,047$50.50286
North Carolina$80,723$38.8166
North Dakota$61,963$29.796
Ohio$69,247$33.2950
Oklahoma$62,945$30.2611
Oregon$82,893$39.8522
Pennsylvania$87,438$42.0473
Rhode Island$78,390$37.699
South Carolina$59,850$28.7729
South Dakota$56,785$27.301
Tennessee$68,780$33.0731
Texas$89,685$43.12301
Utah$67,126$32.2711
Vermont$79,126$38.041
Virginia$97,186$46.7293
Washington$77,512$37.2767
West Virginia$73,762$35.462
Wisconsin$67,586$32.4938
Wyoming$51,945$24.9725

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Highest Paying Cities For Associate Attorney

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
San Francisco, CA$130,461$62.72
New York, NY$108,287$52.06
Washington, DC$107,880$51.87
Reston, VA$97,297$46.78
Boston, MA$95,068$45.71
Las Vegas, NV$93,162$44.79

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How much does an Associate Attorney make?

The average Associate Attorney salary is $119,310 per year, or $57.36 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $63,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $222,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, and Massachusetts provide the highest Associate Attorney salaries.

Average Associate Attorney Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$119,000$57.36+1.4%
    2021$118,000$56.57+0.9%
    2020$117,000$56.06+2.0%
    2019$114,000$54.95+0.7%
    2018$113,000$54.54+0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Legal Consultant

    Avg. salary: $69,314

    A legal consultant uses legal practice knowledge to enhance a law company's efficiency and profitability. Besides advising on the right solutions for customer productivity, marketing and development strategies, legal consultants also actively manage risks by consulting on program and legal-related issues. They help the parent law firm meet its objectives by analyzing problems and developing solutions. Other than negotiating, drafting, and reviewing legal documents, legal consultants also conduct legal research and analyze the right securities, insurance, and retirement plans.
    27,287 Legal Consultant Jobs
    Litigation Paralegal

    Avg. salary: $50,725

    A litigation paralegal is a specialist who is responsible for assisting attorneys throughout the trial process. On the plaintiff side, litigation paralegals conduct initial client interviews and legal research for case preparations. They assist with the preliminary examinations of witnesses and jury selection in the courtroom. Litigation paralegals often assist attorneys with case settlements and help identify issues for appeals. They must also possess excellent skills in verbal and written communication and should have great attention in detail.
    3,582 Litigation Paralegal Jobs
    Law Clerk

    Avg. salary: $53,594

    Law clerks are employees in a legal firm who handle clerical tasks for the office. They handle the office's official phone lines, answering incoming calls, and making outgoing calls. They also field office correspondence, often receiving incoming mail and distributing them to their addressees. They manage office documents and ensure that they are correctly filed and labeled in their respective storage bins. Law clerks help make office life more comfortable because they make sure that the office is running well. They also manage appointments and office calendars.
    73,580 Law Clerk Jobs
    Lawyer

    Avg. salary: $121,346

    A lawyer is a legal practitioner who specializes in understanding and interpreting laws and other legal matters. Their responsibilities revolve around providing legal counseling and advice, representing clients in different kinds of court proceedings, conducting research, collecting evidence, and coordinating with various experts. A lawyer must also manage and oversee the performance of assistants, paralegals, and other team members. Furthermore, there are instances when a lawyer must draft or manage documents such as contracts, trusts, deeds, and wills, assisting clients as needed.
    4,544 Lawyer Jobs
    Housing Counselor

    Avg. salary: $90,020

    A Housing Counselor works directly with clients and organizations to support moderate and low-income clients in overcoming barriers to housing and financial stability. They represent the homeowner in interventions and/or mediation proceedings with the mortgage servicer, lender, and/or other stakeholders.
    34,694 Housing Counselor Jobs
    Attorney At Law

    Avg. salary: $97,859

    An Attorney at Law is responsible for preparing and examining contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, etc. They advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, or legal rights and obligations.
    7,939 Attorney At Law Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Legal Consultant$69,315$5,776$33.3227,287
    Litigation Paralegal$50,726$4,227$24.393,582
    Law Clerk$53,594$4,466$25.7773,580
    Lawyer$121,347$10,112$58.344,544
    Housing Counselor$90,021$7,502$43.2834,694
    Attorney At Law$97,859$8,155$47.057,939
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    Average Associate Attorney Salary by Demographic

    Associate Attorney Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $124,874
    female-income
    Female Income
    $116,581
    GenderIncome
    Male$124,874
    Female$116,581
    Median Associate Attorney Income by Race
    Asian Associate Attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Associate Attorneys have the lowest average salary at $114,001.
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    $104,000
    $78,000
    $52,000
    $26,000
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    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$122,864
    Black or African American$114,001
    Asian$129,551
    Hispanic or Latino$115,629
    Average Associate Attorney Salary by Education Level
    $125,000
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    $75,000
    $50,000
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    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$124,874
    Doctorate Degree$117,495