Law firm salaries

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The 2021 salary survey

The top firms at the market all pay at similar (high) levels, but there are differences which are worth considering when making your applications. Money isn't everything, but it is something.

It's also important to check regional variations: some firms will pay the same salary in all their offices across the US, while others will pay different rates in different markets. Check each firm's Inside View for more information.

Note: On 10 June 2021, Milbank announced associate salary increases, with other firms following suit. Stay tuned to this page for the latest. 

*Firms marked with an asterisk are offering the associate class of 2021 a salary of $202,500 initially, before advancing them to $205,000 within their first year at the firm.

 

Firm 1st-year salary 2nd-year salary
Adam Leitman Bailey $75,000 $100,000
Akin Gump $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Allen & Overy $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Alston & Bird $165,000-$190,000 Undisclosed
Arnold & Porter $202,500/$205,000* $210,000
Ashurst $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Axinn $175,000-$190,000 Undisclosed
Baker Botts $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Bracewell $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Cadwalader $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Cahill $205,000 $215,000
Choate Hall & Stewart Undisclosed Undisclosed
Cleary Gottlieb $190,000 $200,000
Clifford Chance $205,000 $215,000
Cooley $205,000 $215,000
Covington & Burling $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Cozen O'Connor $150,000-$190,000 Undisclosed
Cravath $205,000 $215,000
Crowell & Moring $180,000 $190,000
Davis Polk & Wardwell $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Debevoise & Plimpton $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Dechert $202,500/205,000* $215,000
DLA Piper $202,500/$205,000* Undisclosed
Dorsey & Whitney $135,000-$165,000 Undisclosed
Duane Morris $165,000-$180,000 Undisclosed
Dykema Gossett $120,000-$150,000 Undisclosed
Finnegan $205,000 $215,000
Fish & Richardson $205,000 $215,000
Foley & Lardner $140,000-190,000 Undisclosed
Foley Hoag $190,000 $200,000
Fox Rothschild $115,000-$135,000 Undisclosed
Freshfields $190,000 $200,000
Fried, Frank $205,000 $215,000
Gibson, Dunn $205,000 $215,000
Goodwin $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Goulston & Storrs $190,000 $200,000
Greenberg Glusker $170,000 $175,000
Greenberg Traurig Undisclosed Undisclosed
Gunderson $205,000 $215,000
Harris, Wiltshire $188,500 Undisclosed
Haynes and Boone $205,000 Undisclosed
Hogan Lovells US $148,440-$190,000 $165,000-$190,000
Holland & Knight $190,000 $200,000
Holwell Shuster $205,000 $215,000
Hunton Andrews Kurth $202,500 Undisclosed
Irell & Manella $190,000 $200,000
Jackson Walker $205,000 Undisclosed
Jenner & Block $190,000 Undisclosed
Jones Day $210,000 Undisclosed
K&L Gates $160,000-$180,000 Undisclosed
Katten $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
King & Spalding $205,000 Undisclosed
Kirkland & Ellis $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Kramer Levin $205,000 $215,000
Latham & Watkins $205,000 $215,000
Linklaters $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Mayer Brown $205,000 $215,000
McDermott $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Milbank $205,000 $215,000
Mintz Levin $190,000 $200,000
Morgan, Lewis $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Morrison & Foerster $190,000 $200,000
Munger, Tolles & Olson $205,000 $215,000
Nelson Mullins Undisclosed Undisclosed
Norton Rose Fulbright $155,000-$202,500 Undisclosed
O'Melveny & Myers $190,000 $200,000
Orrick $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Patterson Belknap $190,000 $200,000
Paul Hastings $190,000 $200,000
Paul, Weiss $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Perkins Coie $115,000-$190,000 $120,000-$200,000
Pillsbury $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Proskauer Rose $190,000 $200,000
Reed Smith $175,000-$190,000 $185,000-$200,285
Ropes & Gray $190,000 Undisclosed
Schulte Roth & Zabel $190,000 $200,000
Seward & Kissel $205,000 $215,000
Seyfarth Shaw $150,000-$180,000 Undisclosed
Shearman & Sterling $190,000 $200,000
Sheppard, Mullin $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Sidley Austin Undisclosed Undisclosed
Simpson Thacher $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Skadden $190,000 Undisclosed
Sterne, Kessler $190,000 Undisclosed
Sullivan & Cromwell $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Thompson & Knight $190,000 $200,000
Vedder Price $190,000 $195,000-$200,000
Venable $190,000 $200,000
Vinson & Elkins $190,000 $200,000
Waller Undisclosed Undisclosed
Weil $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
White & Case $205,000 $215,000
Wiley Rein $205,000 $215,000
Willkie Farr $205,000 $215,000
WilmerHale $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Wilson Sonsini $202,500/$205,000* $215,000
Winston & Strawn $205,000 $215,000