LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:44 pm

a) registered investment advisor
b) 3-4 years out of law school
c) low COL secondary-to-tertiary market
d) $170K range + discretionary bonus + participation in profits/incentive/carry + annual raises + good benefits (401K matching, health/dental/vision, vacation, no time entries, etc.)

synergy
Posts: 44
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:43 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby synergy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:30 am

Anonymous User wrote:a) registered investment advisor
b) 3-4 years out of law school
c) low COL secondary-to-tertiary market
d) $170K range + discretionary bonus + participation in profits/incentive/carry + annual raises + good benefits (401K matching, health/dental/vision, vacation, no time entries, etc.)


If you don't mind questions, what does your firm target for your bonus? Also, did you come from biglaw? If so, how long were you at the firm for before moving in-house?

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:51 am

synergy wrote:If you don't mind questions, what does your firm target for your bonus? Also, did you come from biglaw? If so, how long were you at the firm for before moving in-house?


Out of order: The simple answer is yes (not a major market); approximately 3 years in private practice; TBD, I would safely bet the under on 25% of base for the discretionary bonus to start.

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:10 pm

-Govt risk management/compliance/legal
-$80k (+ awesome govt benefits)
-Big market
-2nd year out of law school, passed the bar this year.

Note: no interest in traditional legal path, hence my current position.

User avatar
nunumaster
Posts: 916
Joined: Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:11 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby nunumaster » Wed May 10, 2017 2:40 pm

Someone turn this into a spread sheet

User avatar
Danger Zone
Posts: 7763
Joined: Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:36 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Danger Zone » Wed May 10, 2017 3:17 pm

nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet

Thanks for volunteering

RedPurpleBlue
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:41 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Wed May 10, 2017 4:29 pm

Danger Zone wrote:
nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet

Thanks for volunteering


This sounds like a sort of project I would like to do. If you whip up a template for me, I'll gladly enter all of the data.

RedPurpleBlue
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:41 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Thu May 11, 2017 8:30 pm

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:
nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet

Thanks for volunteering


This sounds like a sort of project I would like to do. If you whip up a template for me, I'll gladly enter all of the data.


Alright, I've finished 8 pages so far. I'm going to stop for the day and resume when I get some free time over the weekend. Needs to be cleaned up a lot, but I'm just going to take this one step at a time.

User avatar
nunumaster
Posts: 916
Joined: Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:11 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby nunumaster » Thu May 11, 2017 9:42 pm

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
Alright, I've finished 8 pages so far. I'm going to stop for the day and resume when I get some free time over the weekend. Needs to be cleaned up a lot, but I'm just going to take this one step at a time.


You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need.

RedPurpleBlue
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:41 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Thu May 11, 2017 10:48 pm

nunumaster wrote:
You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need.


Do you have any suggestions regarding categories? Also, do you want all of the info on one sheet that you can sort by A-Z (and thus firm/gov't/etc. will group up) or do you want me to separate Firm/Gov't/Etc. into separate sheets? I could also do both. I don't really mind. I just want a product that's useful for everyone and convenient to use.

RedPurpleBlue
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:41 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Fri May 12, 2017 6:57 pm

nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet



Here you go.

Let me know if you have any advice for improvements. If this can make it to the OP, I can edit as people post. Not a big fan of allowing others to edit on their own (trust issues, yo).

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 12, 2017 7:54 pm

a) FED GOVT-DOJ
b) 1 year
c) DC
d) GS 15-Step 2-$136,160- 4% 401k match of salary, pension, low cost healthcare/dental/vision plans, 13 days vacation the first 3 years then 20 days, comp time accrual through travel, no billable hours,9:30-6 hours when not on trial

User avatar
A. Nony Mouse
Posts: 27696
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:51 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Fri May 12, 2017 8:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:a) FED GOVT-DOJ
b) 1 year
c) DC
d) GS 15-Step 2-$136,160- 4% 401k match of salary, pension, low cost healthcare/dental/vision plans, 13 days vacation the first 3 years then 20 days, comp time accrual through travel, no billable hours,9:30-6 hours when not on trial

Dang. What experience did you have before going to DOJ?

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 12, 2017 8:57 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:a) FED GOVT-DOJ
b) 1 year
c) DC
d) GS 15-Step 2-$136,160- 4% 401k match of salary, pension, low cost healthcare/dental/vision plans, 13 days vacation the first 3 years then 20 days, comp time accrual through travel, no billable hours,9:30-6 hours when not on trial

Dang. What experience did you have before going to DOJ?


State level prosecutor in large metropolitan city for approx. 4.75 years.

User avatar
A. Nony Mouse
Posts: 27696
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:51 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Fri May 12, 2017 9:08 pm

thanks. (I know that doesn't go as far as DC as in some places, but pretty nice.)

User avatar
checkers
Posts: 376
Joined: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:35 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby checkers » Fri May 12, 2017 9:20 pm

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet



Here you go.

Let me know if you have any advice for improvements. If this can make it to the OP, I can edit as people post. Not a big fan of allowing others to edit on their own (trust issues, yo).

Wow, great job. Thanks.

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 13, 2017 6:46 am

A. Nony Mouse wrote:thanks. (I know that doesn't go as far as DC as in some places, but pretty nice.)

Thanks Mouse.
I know I'll never be rich but I feel comfortable now compared to my state prosecutor salary (which was half what I'm making now).
Let's see of this administration tries to alter pay or benefits and if so I may have to rethink long term plans.

User avatar
Roy McAvoy
Posts: 98
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:55 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Roy McAvoy » Sat May 13, 2017 12:04 pm

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet



Here you go.

Let me know if you have any advice for improvements. If this can make it to the OP, I can edit as people post. Not a big fan of allowing others to edit on their own (trust issues, yo).


Thanks! That is fantastic. The only suggestion I would have is to add the poster (if not anonymous) so it would be possible to look through their posts in case they have ever offered other insights regarding their job, benefits, etc.

RedPurpleBlue
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:41 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby RedPurpleBlue » Sat May 13, 2017 12:31 pm

Roy McAvoy wrote:Thanks! That is fantastic. The only suggestion I would have is to add the poster (if not anonymous) so it would be possible to look through their posts in case they have ever offered other insights regarding their job, benefits, etc.


This is a good suggestion. If I implement this, it will be sometime next week, because I have a lot of work to do in the next few days. Try to be patient though, because I'll be PMing each user one by one to get their permission. I don't want to be attaching usernames and job/salary info to a document that the original poster has no control over without getting their permission to do so first. I'll make sure to post again when I've updated the sheet.

Thanks for the feedback!

User avatar
Roy McAvoy
Posts: 98
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:55 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Roy McAvoy » Sat May 13, 2017 1:53 pm

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
Roy McAvoy wrote:Thanks! That is fantastic. The only suggestion I would have is to add the poster (if not anonymous) so it would be possible to look through their posts in case they have ever offered other insights regarding their job, benefits, etc.


This is a good suggestion. If I implement this, it will be sometime next week, because I have a lot of work to do in the next few days. Try to be patient though, because I'll be PMing each user one by one to get their permission. I don't want to be attaching usernames and job/salary info to a document that the original poster has no control over without getting their permission to do so first. I'll make sure to post again when I've updated the sheet.

Thanks for the feedback!


Absolutely, I definitely agree. Thanks again for doing this, I think we all appreciate it.

User avatar
dannyswo
Posts: 3521
Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:27 pm

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby dannyswo » Mon May 15, 2017 10:01 am

RedPurpleBlue wrote:
nunumaster wrote:Someone turn this into a spread sheet



Here you go.

Let me know if you have any advice for improvements. If this can make it to the OP, I can edit as people post. Not a big fan of allowing others to edit on their own (trust issues, yo).

Hero.

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 15, 2017 5:20 pm

a) fed govt
b) 3-4 years out of law school
c) secondary market
d) $120k + fed govt benefits (pension, TSP, insurance, etc)

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 15, 2017 5:37 pm

In house as underwriter of niche insurance products (quasi legal)
2-3 years out
NYC
Hours are generally 9-6 and rarely includes nights and weekends
$130-150k base with about 15% annual bonus
Health insurance and 401k but no match

Couldn't be happier. What a sweet gig compared to firm life.

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 21, 2017 9:33 pm

a) what kind of legal job/firm/office they work at -- boutique patent law firm
b) how long they've been working there -- 3rd year here
c) geographic area -- Southern CA
d) yearly salary -- $120k (this is on the high end of associate salaries for the number of years at the firm as far as I know; note with caution)
Bonuses ranged $4-5k

401k, full health and dental (no vision)
Quota: 1750 billed (not billable) hours but flexible on this as long as work quality is good

Anonymous User
Posts: 298252
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 26, 2017 12:23 pm

a) small business & entertainment firm
b) 1+ year
c) NYC
d) $70,000 + medical




Return to “Legal Employment”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.