Lawyer salaries can vary widely by state, experience level and industry. CA is highly competitive with many lawyers competing for a limited number of tratitional lawyer jobs. New attorneys in general practice can expect to make an average of 50k -90k the first year (depending on the industry, law school, etc.)
Corporate lawyers from prestigious schools can start out at $110k and advance to more lucrative salaries with years of practice. At the partner level, it is not uncommon to make $300k+.
Hope this helps.
Michael recommends the following next steps:
- Do some internet searches by industry to get specific figures. Websites like Glassdoor.com have helpful salary predictors.