Salaries and hours

Dollars

The 2018 salary survey

Please note salaries are undergoing market-wide changes at the moment. We'll be updating these figures when firms report them.

And while this table is of course interesting, we don't think salary is a fantastic place to begin shortlisting firms. Rather, we'd recommend considering what you want to do with your life first. 

Firm

1st year salary

2nd year salary

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

No less than $150,000

No less than $150,000

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Allen & Overy LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Alston & Bird LLP

$165,000 - $190,000

undisclosed

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

$170,000 - $180,000

$175,000 - $190,000

Baker Botts LLP

$190,000

undisclosed

Bracewell LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Brown Rudnick LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Clifford Chance US LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Cooley LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Cozen O'Connor

$130,000 - $165,000

undisclosed

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Crowell & Moring LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Dechert LLP

$190,000

$200,000

DLA Piper LLP (US)

$190,000 in major markets

undisclosed

Duane Morris LLP

$140,000 - $165,000

undisclosed

Dykema Gossett PLLC

$120,000 - $150,000

undisclosed

Epstein Becker & Green PC

U

undisclosed

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Fish & Richardson PC

$180,000

$190,000

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

$180,000

undisclosed

Foley & Lardner LLP

$140,000 - $180,000

undisclosed

Fox Rothschild LLP

$115,000 - $160,000

undisclosed

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Gibbons P.C.

U

$135,000

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Goodwin

$190,000

$200,000

Goulston & Storrs

$180,000

undisclosed

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

$160,000

$165,000

Greenberg Traurig, PA

$110,000 - $180,000

undisclosed

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

$135,000

undisclosed

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

$178,500

$189,500

Haynes and Boone, LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Hogan Lovells

$190,000 in most cities

$200,000 in most cities

Holland & Knight LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

$160,000 - $180,000

undisclosed

Irell & Manella LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Jackson Walker LLP

$180,000

undisclosed

Jenner & Block LLP

$190,000

undisclosed

Jones Day

$170,000 - $190,000

undisclosed

K&L Gates

$120,000 - $180,000

undisclosed

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

$195,000

$205,000

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

$190,000 (except Charlotte)

$200,000 (except Charlotte)

King & Spalding LLP

$190,000 in major markets

undisclosed

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Latham & Watkins LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Linklaters

$180,000

$190,000

Mayer Brown LLP

$190,000

$200,000

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

$180,000

$190,000

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Morrison & Foerster LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

$95,000 - $170,000

undisclosed

Norton Rose Fulbright

$190,000 in most markets

$200,000 in most markets

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

$160,000

undisclosed

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

$190,000 (excluding Seattle, Portland and Sacramento) 

$200,000 (excluding Seattle, Portland and Sacramento)

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Paul Hastings LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Perkins Coie LLP

$190,000 in major markets

U

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Proskauer Rose LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Reed Smith LLP

$130,000 - $180,000

$135,000 - $190,000

Ropes & Gray LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Seward & Kissel LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Shearman & Sterling LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Sidley Austin LLP

$190,000

undisclosed

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

$190,000

$200,000

Snell & Wilmer LLP

$115,000 - $160,000

undisclosed

Squire Patton Boggs

$135,000 - $180,000

undisclosed

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

$165,000 - $180,000

$175,000 - $190,000

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

$190,000 (except Miami)

$200,000 (except Miami)

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Thompson & Knight LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Troutman Sanders LLP

$115,000 - $180,000

undisclosed

Vedder Price

$180,000

undisclosed

Venable LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Vinson & Elkins LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Waller

$130,000

undisclosed

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

$190,000

$200,000

White & Case LLP

$183,000 - $190,000

$189,000 - $200,000

Wiley Rein LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

$190,000

$200,000

WilmerHale

$190,000

$200,000

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

$190,000

$200,000

Winston & Strawn LLP

$190,000

$200,000