Salary Increase and Timing?

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Salary Increase and Timing?

Postby Jd1515 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:43 pm

I started at a large (100+) regional office of a biglaw firm as a first year, and salary was set at a published rate for the first year. The firm is not lockstep. I'm now a second year and wondering how salary increases work. Will it be announced? Do I have to negotiate for it? Is there a cost of living adjustment? Google hasn't been helpful so far....

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Re: Salary Increase and Timing?

Postby jkpolk » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:46 pm

you should ask HR these questions as that is what HR is for


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Re: Salary Increase and Timing?

Postby RaceJudicata » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:18 pm

Have you had your review yet? Might find out then. And yeah, ask HR. This would be like searching google for whether your firm pays bi-weekly or semi-monthly. . . the answer, in all likelihood, won't be there.

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Re: Salary Increase and Timing?

Postby rpupkin » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:31 pm

As others are suggesting, your firm's HR department (or other associates at your firm) are going to be the best source for you. I will note, however, that it's not uncommon for firms to wait until January 1 to bump up your class-year status. This kind of progression is typical in big law:

Oct. 16 - Dec. 16 (Stub-year status; paid as first-year associate)
Jan. 17 - Dec. 17 (First-year status; paid as first-year associate)
Jan. 18 - Dec. 18 (Second-year status; paid as second-year associate)

. . . and so on.

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