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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Litigation Associate Salary

$120,953 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$58.15 hourly

Entry level Salary
$68,000 yearly
$68,000
10 %
$120,953
Median
$212,000
90 %

How much does a Litigation Associate make?

Litigation associates make $120,953 per year on average, or $58.15 per hour, in the United States. Litigation associates on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $68,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $212,000.

Location impacts how much a litigation associate can expect to make. Litigation associates make the most in New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Virginia, and California.

Highest Paying States For Litigation Associates

The darker areas on the map show where litigation associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Litigation Associate average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$136,999$65.86299
2District of Columbia$130,938$62.95170
3New Jersey$117,883$56.6772
4Virginia$119,253$57.3377
5Massachusetts$114,117$54.86120
6Illinois$113,828$54.73106
7Connecticut$129,812$62.4119
8California$118,979$57.20506
9North Dakota$117,041$56.276
10New Hampshire$120,977$58.167
11Colorado$109,269$52.5350
12Maine$114,926$55.258
13Michigan$102,525$49.2962
14Minnesota$100,353$48.2573
15Washington$99,955$48.0681
16North Carolina$103,866$49.9456
17Vermont$116,602$56.061
18Oregon$97,695$46.9731
19Rhode Island$96,414$46.359
20Texas$89,232$42.90281
21Maryland$102,068$49.0740
22Arizona$93,368$44.8946
23Utah$100,501$48.3210
24New Mexico$93,321$44.8713
25Delaware$95,774$46.059
26Mississippi$95,785$46.057
27Pennsylvania$91,077$43.7972
28Nevada$93,057$44.748
29Georgia$85,451$41.0887
30Florida$82,593$39.71334
31Nebraska$82,458$39.6419
32South Dakota$90,633$43.571
33Wisconsin$83,394$40.0937
34West Virginia$88,173$42.393
35Montana$79,590$38.2620
36Alaska$89,347$42.964
37Tennessee$82,312$39.5732
38Wyoming$69,181$33.2623
39Indiana$78,798$37.8842
40Iowa$81,300$39.0913
41Kentucky$80,379$38.6415
42Louisiana$78,052$37.5221
43Ohio$79,148$38.0553
44Missouri$71,217$34.2449
45Alabama$80,074$38.5013
46Idaho$76,213$36.649
47South Carolina$64,889$31.2033
48Oklahoma$75,189$36.1511
49Kansas$73,664$35.4211
50Hawaii$65,907$31.692
51Arkansas$61,068$29.3613

Highest Paying Cities For Litigation Associates

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1New York, NY$142,424$68.47
2Washington, DC$133,944$64.40
3Enfield, CT$132,600$63.75
4San Francisco, CA$131,607$63.27
5Reston, VA$128,422$61.74
6Hackensack, NJ$120,059$57.72
7Chicago, IL$116,081$55.81
8Boston, MA$116,060$55.80
9Denver, CO$109,603$52.69
10Towson, MD$103,435$49.73
11Charlotte, NC$101,551$48.82
12Seattle, WA$101,306$48.70
13Salt Lake City, UT$100,244$48.19
14Portland, OR$97,048$46.66
15Philadelphia, PA$91,207$43.85

Litigation Associate Salary Details

Litigation Associate Salary

What is a Litigation Associate's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$212,000$17,667$102
75th Percentile$162,000$13,500$78
Average$120,953$10,079$58
25th Percentile$89,000$7,417$43
10th Percentile$68,000$5,667$33

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Document Review Attorney$84,725$7,060$40.739,393
Lawyer$118,390$9,866$56.922,897
Law Clerk$50,511$4,209$24.2875,014
General Counsel$122,795$10,233$59.0450,275
Housing Counselor$97,941$8,162$47.0933,639
Contract Attorney$88,179$7,348$42.3913,592

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Which Companies Pay Litigation Associates The Most?

The highest paying companies for litigation associates are Shearman & Sterling and Foley Hoag according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Goodwin and K&L; Gates report highly competitive wages for litigation associates.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Shearman & Sterling$240,677$115.7114
2Foley Hoag$231,905$111.49
3Goodwin$230,676$110.9022
4K&L Gates$223,256$107.33
5Dorsey & Whitney$221,107$106.301
6McDermott Will & Emery$220,659$106.09
7Ropes & Gray$219,527$105.542
8Alston & Bird$218,463$105.034
9Cahill Gordon & Reindel$215,497$103.60
10Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$213,838$102.8141
11Fenwick & West$207,576$99.8013
12Covington & Burling$204,570$98.35
13Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf$201,853$97.04
14Greenberg Traurig$201,615$96.93
15Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith$201,596$96.9232
16Perkins Coie$200,482$96.39
17DLA Piper$199,299$95.82164
18Crowell & Moring$198,592$95.486
19WLRK$197,946$95.172
20Sidley Austin$190,001$91.354

Litigation Associate Salary Trends

The salary for a litigation associate can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Litigation Associate Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$70,200$33.75
Mid Level$84,700$40.73
Senior Level$178,000$85.42

Average Litigation Associate Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Litigation Associate Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$121,000$58.15+3.1%
    2021$117,000$56.33+1.7%
    2020$115,000$55.39+1.4%
    2019$114,000$54.63+0.9%
    2018$113,000$54.13+2.0%

    Recently Added Litigation Associate Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Alchemy LegalCommercial Litigation Associate Attorney Years): Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City, UT05/31/2022$165,000
    PridestaffCoverage/Litigation Associate AttorneyAtlanta, GA05/30/2022$85,000
    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLPDefense Litigation Associate AttorneyStamford, CT05/29/2022$120,000
    Property Claims Litigation Group LLCLitigation Associate AttorneyAtlanta, GA05/20/2022$75,000
    CNY OutsourcingAttorney Litigation Associate-Rochester, NY AreaRochester, NY05/19/2022$70,000
    The Spiggle Law FirmLitigation Associate AttorneyAlexandria, VA05/18/2022$80,000
    Alchemy LegalLitigation Associate Attorney-FortFort Lauderdale, FL05/15/2022$120,000
    Dorsey & Whitney LLPIntellectual Property Litigation Associate (#716)Minneapolis, MN05/13/2022$180,000
    Dorsey & Whitney LLPIntellectual Property Litigation Associate (#716)Denver, CO05/13/2022$180,000
    Rohan Law, PCCivil Litigation AssociateAtlanta, GA05/11/2022$100,000

    Litigation Associate Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Litigation Associates the most?

    New York pays Litigation Associates the most in the United States, with an average salary of $136,999 per year, or $65.86 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Litigation Associate?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Litigation Associate if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $130,938 per year.

    What type of Litigation Associate gets paid the most?

    Associate General Counsel gets paid the most. Associate General Counsel made a median salary of $138,691. The best-paid 10 percent make $173,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $110,000.

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