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what are lawyers payed

Asked Versailles, Indiana


Whats the difference between beginners and advanced lawyers

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Michael’s Answer

Updated Los Angeles, California

Hi Grace,

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.
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