Big 4 starting salary expectation

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby PandDAlone » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:39 pm

Geez, after seeing these numbers now I'm considering taking the NYU/GTown LLM.

Me: JD Only: 85 w/ bonuses.

Friend w/ LLM: 135 Base at Washington National Tax.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:17 pm

Related topic (not sure if it warrants a new thread...) Anyone here ever have luck lateraling from big4 tax into law firm (regardless of big or small law)? Anon because currently in big4 tax.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:26 am

I am a 2L at T20 considering the Tax LL.M at NYU and Georgetown upon graduation. Can anyone provide insight regarding the salary and career path for specialty and non-specialty groups at Big 4 firms in the DC and NYC markets? What is the range of starting salaries for JD-only and JD/LL.M associates? Does anyone suggest getting the LL.M in a full-time program immediately after JD graduation compared to working at Big 4 and getting the LL.M part-time?

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby broam » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:40 am

gaddockteeg wrote:Good friend of mine is a K-JD 3L who accepted PWC financial services regualtory in NYC for fall 2016.

Starting is 125k + 5k signing bonus + 10% - 20% year end bonus (depending on performance).


However, another friend of mine is also a K-JD 3L who accepted Deloitte Tax in CA and is getting paid significantly less (I think a little under 100k all in).


Did your friend who accepted Deloitte Tax in California find a job in a smaller CA market? I'm sure Deloitte in Fresno, CA isn't going to pay the same rate as the San Francisco locations. The cost of living is probably double in SF compared to Fresno. Also, did they find a job in a specialty group?

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby gaddockteeg » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:52 pm

Don't know what group but I believe hes in SV office in San Jose. So not SF but not exactly Fresno either.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:30 pm

how do people get these jobs? its not like they come to campus for OCI, right? do rising 3Ls just apply from the Big 4 company's website?

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby broam » Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:how do people get these jobs? its not like they come to campus for OCI, right? do rising 3Ls just apply from the Big 4 company's website?


Most 2L/3L students I know have applied through the Big 4 websites. If they didn't land the first job they interviewed for, many of them received call backs when another position opened at the local office.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:10 am

For what it's worth, in 2015 EY (NYC) paid starting salaries of $105k and $115k for JDs and LLMs, respectively. I'm very curious as to what they offered the 2016 class. I heard PWC bumped their staring salaries by $10k to counter the Biglaw salary raises.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:04 am

Anonymous User wrote:For what it's worth, in 2015 EY (NYC) paid starting salaries of $105k and $115k for JDs and LLMs, respectively. I'm very curious as to what they offered the 2016 class. I heard PWC bumped their staring salaries by $10k to counter the Biglaw salary raises.

Innnnteresting. I'm a 2016 grad starting at PwC soon and my actual offer letter from last summer listed a $100k starting salary and I'm curious if they're just going to auto start me at $110k. It's obv not all standardized lockstep like big law, so I feel like it could go either way.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:47 pm

Seems to be large disparity in starting salaries mentioned on this site ... what's a realistic starting salary for Big4 in major east coast market (not NYC) in a tax speciality group, JD no LLM ...

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Seems to be large disparity in starting salaries mentioned on this site ... what's a realistic starting salary for Big4 in major east coast market (not NYC) in a tax speciality group, JD no LLM ...


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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:24 pm

There is no "market rate." It's pretty complicated and the Big4 will vary by as much as 2-5k in the same exact market in any given year. I didn't work there as a JD or LLM but I would figure 80 for non-NYC major market (Chicago/Boston/SF/LA).

Re: the wide disparity: NYC makes probably 10-15% more than all other major markets given the same experience and qualifications. Specialty groups (M&A, WNT) make an additional 10-15% more than non-specialty.

Honestly not sure if LLMs get an additional boost but I would think they do.

ETA: I would also note these jobs are getting harder to get. Many of the big4 over-hired in the last few years and are cutting back. Deloitte is conducting cuts in the tax department as we speak. Rumor has it around 400 people will be let go when all is said and done.

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Re: Big 4 starting salary expectation

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Seems to be large disparity in starting salaries mentioned on this site ... what's a realistic starting salary for Big4 in major east coast market (not NYC) in a tax speciality group, JD no LLM ...


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