Entry-level salaries for lawyers vary widely. Starting salaries for first-year law associates range from $41,000 to $65,000 at small firms (up to 10 attorneys), according to a 2004 survey from the Affiliates, a staffing firm in Menlo Park, Calif. Average salaries for such individuals at small/midsize firms (10 to 35 attorneys) range from $46,750 to $64,750. At midsize firms (35 to 75 attorneys), first-year associates earn average annual salaries ranging from $59,750 to $84,500. At large firms (more than 75 attorneys), they're paid $83,000 to $111,000 in annual salary. First-year associates working as in-house counsels at corporations earn starting salaries ranging from $48,500 to $72,000.