holeinone600 wrote:Where on that salary range ($53-57k) should a new staff hire at PwC and Deloitte in Tampa expect to be?
Also, if you had such a desire to attend law school, what was your reasoning for taking the year off to work for the Big 4?
i'm with a big4 in the atlanta office. i'm a senior now, but staff1 salaries (2 years ago) were around $49K. i hear people that are now just getting offers have an even lower salary, but current staff1s are above $50 (around $51 or $52)
^^ This can be the expected range for Big Four firms in the Southeast. Also, from what I've heard/read, Deloitte and PwC have slightly higher starting salaries than the other two (E&Y and KPMG).
As far as my reasoning for taking the year off (what will actually end up as two years off before Fall 2010), I knew I wanted to obtain both my JD and CPA license. This job offer came along between my junior and senior years of undergrad, and I couldn't turn it down. The firm pays for all study materials, classes, exam fees, and license fees, and pays a nice signing bonus (and additional bonus when you pass the exam). This will put me in a better position to afford law school, especially since I moved back home after undergrad due to my heavy travel schedule for work (I've spent about 9 out of the past 12 months living in hotels - paid for by work of course) and I have minimal expenses and am currently living comfortably, debt-free. I belive these factors, combined with the breadth of knowledge I've gained through my work experience, have put me in a much better position to succeed in law school. Most people don't really know exactly what an auditor does, but it really does provide you with a tremendous base for business knowledge. The learning resources offered by these Big Four firms are what I would say is the top benefit offered by them, perhaps followed by the connections and networks available to you. Over the past year I've taken advantage of these resources and plan to use the firm as a launching pad into my next goal - a law degree.
I apologize for the long response, but there really isn't a brief way to summarize my reasoning. Let me know if you have any further questions, I'd be glad to answer them.