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How Much Does a Litigation Associate Earn In The United States?

Litigation Associate Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$140,000
$79,000
$140,000
$248,000
Litigation associates in the United States make an average salary of $140,414 per year or $67.51 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $79,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $248,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, and Hawaii provide the highest litigation associate salaries.
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Where Litigation Associates Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Litigation Associates Earn In Different Cities?

While a litigation associate can average a salary of $140,414 per year, or $67.51 per hour, there are many opportunities for litigation associates to make more. For example, in New York, NY you might make $125,103 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to New York, NY where the average starting salary is $66,000. The highest paying states for litigation associates include New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Kansas offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

New York, NY

Salary Range89k - 174k$125k$125,103

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range80k - 164k$115k$115,482

Boston, MA

Salary Range82k - 159k$115k$114,697

Washington, DC

Salary Range78k - 154k$110k$110,152

Reston, VA

Salary Range78k - 154k$110k$109,957

Providence, RI

Salary Range65k - 126k$91k$91,349

Towson, MD

Salary Range63k - 125k$89k$89,144

Chicago, IL

Salary Range62k - 127k$89k$89,080

Fort Myers, FL

Salary Range56k - 137k$88k$88,168

Seattle, WA

Salary Range55k - 112k$79k$78,835
$45k
$174k

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Which Companies Pay Litigation Associates The Most?

To earn a high income as a litigation associate, working for Sidley Austin or Allen Corporation of America might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling report highly competitive salaries for litigation associates.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Sidley Austin
Salary Range182k - 245k$212k$212,031
Allen Corporation of America
Salary Range177k - 242k$207k$207,353
Kirkland & Ellis
Salary Range174k - 237k$204k$203,916
Covington & Burling
Salary Range178k - 228k$202k$202,129
K&L Gates
Salary Range169k - 234k$200k$199,777
Ropes & Gray
Salary Range170k - 231k$199k$198,889
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Salary Range170k - 221k$194k$194,312
McDermott Will & Emery
Salary Range162k - 214k$186k$186,498
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Salary Range158k - 207k$181k$181,355
Fenwick & West
Salary Range153k - 206k$178k$178,197
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    How Experience Affects Litigation Associate Salaries

    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.

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