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LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:28 am
by Anonymous User
The point of this thread is for people to post

a) what kind of legal job/firm/office they work at, and
b) how long they've been working there, and
c) geographic area, and
d) yearly salary

This is helpful because when applying to jobs or at interviews you may be asked what your salary expectations are.

It's good to have an idea of what different kinds of gigs are paying. Also you can figure out which fields to go into or avoid if that is your main concern.

Compiled Spreadsheet

Original OP:
Anonymous User wrote:I'll start:

*Smallish PI plaintiff firm in Southern California

*Salary: $75K/year (first year at this office, second year as an attorney)

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:34 am
by Anonymous User
150ish lawyer firm mostly in CA. $80,000.00 base with $45,000 bonus this year based on hourly. Workers' Compensation defense. Firm is full service. Second year attorney going into third, expecting 10% raise.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:27 am
by Anonymous User
Southeast small l&e first year; $90k

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:35 am
by Anonymous User
Federal government - small city - first year - $71k.

Edit: added "small city" since fed gov salary varies per location.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:56 pm
by Anonymous User
In-house F500 company- 5 years post-bar admission.

Base: $145k
Bonus: $40k
Restricted Stock: $35k
Defined contribution pension: $10k
401k Matching contribution: $10k

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:11 pm
by Anonymous User
Small Plaintiff's L&E (ERISA/FLSA) Southwestern firm:

1st year associate

$75k salary
$15k bonus (based on case success; no real billable requirement but average in firm probably around 2000)
$5k DC Plan

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:27 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:In-house F500 company- 5 years post-bar admission.

Base: $145k
Bonus: $40k
Restricted Stock: $35k
Defined contribution pension: $10k
401k Matching contribution: $10k


Mind sharing what your background was prior to landing this job? Sounds like a great gig

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:45 pm
by Anonymous User
$105k Inhouse at Entertainment Agency (3 years). small 401k contribution. 21 vacation days + holidays/sick days/personal days. Generally 9-6 M-F.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:20 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:In-house F500 company- 5 years post-bar admission.

Base: $145k
Bonus: $40k
Restricted Stock: $35k
Defined contribution pension: $10k
401k Matching contribution: $10k


Mind sharing what your background was prior to landing this job? Sounds like a great gig


T14-> 3 Years Biglaw Specialty Practice

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:26 pm
by wolfie_m.
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Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:34 pm
by Anonymous User
15ish attorneys in a small city - $65,000, no bonus, 3% contribution to 401k - 3rd year associate

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:01 pm
by Avian
Anonymous User wrote:Federal government - small city - first year - $71k.

Edit: added "small city" since fed gov salary varies per location.


What's your GS Grade and Step if any?

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:19 pm
by Anonymous User
DOJ, gs 11, TX, 59.5k, 9am-5pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:53 pm
by Anonymous User
Avian wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Federal government - small city - first year - $71k.

Edit: added "small city" since fed gov salary varies per location.


What's your GS Grade and Step if any?


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Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:35 pm
by Anonymous User
wolfie_m. wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:In-house F500 company- 5 years post-bar admission.

Base: $145k
Bonus: $40k
Restricted Stock: $35k
Defined contribution pension: $10k
401k Matching contribution: $10k


Mind sharing what your background was prior to landing this job? Sounds like a great gig


T14-> 3 Years Biglaw Specialty Practice


This sounds like an awesome outcome. Do you mind saying if your original firm was Vault-ranked?


NYC Vault-ranked firm, though not well known in current secondary market. I should also emphasize that bonus/stock grants are discretionary. If the company has a bad year or I have a bad performance review, I could get a lump of coal. Not like many biglaw firms where everyone who hits hours gets the same bonus.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:57 pm
by Anonymous User
Midlaw/boutique (specialty area), NYC, ~100 attorneys

$160K - first year, slightly below market bonuses

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:03 pm
by Anonymous User
Fed clerk: JSP scale, grade 13, step 1 (2 years of pre-clerk biglaw experience). See http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/compens ... -pay-rates

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:34 pm
by Anonymous User
Midwest midlaw. ~50 attorneys. Tertiary market.

$90k, extremely small bonuses.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:39 pm
by Anonymous User
Norhteast mid law (200+ attorneys throughout mainly secondary cities). First year: 85K, small 401K contribution, 3 week vacation, work 8-6 m-f usually.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:30 pm
by Anonymous User
110K, boutique, major Texas market, bonus tied to hours over 1800 billed, 401K, 2nd year.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:26 pm
by Anonymous User
I see some people posted their hours, but others didn't. Would be really helpful if everyone could post hours as well. thanks!!

edit: accidental anon. this is t-14orbust

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:52 am
by Anonymous User
Federal government - GS 13 with locality pay bump for a large city - graduated 2014 - work on a compressed schedule with a three-day weekend every other week, 80 hours total per pay period

Cushy government life, but I honestly hate the work I do.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:36 am
by Anonymous User
1st year Rural DA. Sub-par benefits. $50k. Looking to transfer to a nearby city within 18 months.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:29 pm
by Anonymous User
Secondary southern market. Satellite office of V50 firm. NYC scale with NYC market bonuses but average billables range from 2350-3000 in this office depending on the person and the practice--i.e., not always worth the extra cash compared to local, smaller firms in town.

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:59 pm
by Anonymous User
1) sort of "biglaw" (not vault ranked but 500+ attorneys nationwide, in amlaw 200)

2) 1st year associate (class of 2015)

3) Texas major market

4) $145k with a ~10k bonus. Bonus can be higher if meeting nyc biglaw hours

Edit: billable required is 1900