Law firm salaries

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The 2020 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.

Firm

1st year salary

2nd year salary

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

$190,000

$200,000

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Allen & Overy LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Alston & Bird LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Arnold & Porter

$190,000

$200,000

Ashurst

$148,000 - $190,000

$165,000 - $200,000

Axinn

$140,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Baker Botts LLP

N/A

N/A

Bracewell LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Brown Rudnick LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

$95,000 - $170,000

Undisclosed

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

$190,000

$195,000 - $200,000

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Clifford Chance LLP

N/A

N/A

Cooley LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Covington & Burling LLP

$165,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Cozen O'Connor

$160,000

$170,000

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

$130,000 - $170,000

Undisclosed

Crowell & Moring LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

$150,000 - $175,000             

Undisclosed

Dechert LLP

$120,000 - $150,000

Undisclosed

DLA Piper LLP (US)

$180,000

$190,000

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Duane Morris LLP

N/A

N/A

Dykema Gossett PLLC

$120,000 - $150,000

Undisclosed

Epstein Becker & Green PC

$190,000

$200,000

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner   

$190,000

$200,000

Fish & Richardson PC

$190,000

$200,000

Foley & Lardner LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Foley Hoag LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Fox Rothschild LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Gibbons P.C.

$190,000

$200,000

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

$130,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Goodwin

$190,000

$200,000

Goulston & Storrs

$135,000 - $180,000

Undisclosed

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger

$190,000

$200,000

Greenberg Traurig, PA

$190,000

$200,000

Groom Law Group

$165,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Gunderson Dettmer

$165,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

$190,000

Undisclosed

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Haynes and Boone, LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Hogan Lovells US LLP

$115,000 - $190,000

$120,000 - $200,000

Holland & Knight LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

$180,000

Undisclosed

Hunton Andrews Kurth

$190,000

$200,000

Irell & Manella LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Jackson Walker LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Jenner & Block LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Jones Day

$190,000

$200,000

K&L Gates

$190,000

$200,000

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Katten

$190,000

$200,000

King & Spalding LLP

$190,000

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

$190,000

$200,000

Mayer Brown LLP

N/A

N/A

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

$135,000 - $190,000     

Undiclosed

Milbank LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo

$190,000

$200,000

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Morrison & Foerster LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Norton Rose Fulbright

$190,000

$200,000

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Paul Hastings LLP

$180,000

$190,000

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Perkins Coie LLP

N/A

N/A

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

$155,00 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Proskauer Rose LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Reed Smith LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Ropes & Gray LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Seward & Kissel LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

$170,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Shearman & Sterling LLP

$170,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

N/A

N/A

Sidley Austin LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Squire Patton Boggs

$195,000

Undisclosed

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

$175,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

$170,000

$175,000

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

N/A

N/A

Thompson & Knight LLP

$190,000

Undisclosed

Troutman Sanders LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Vedder Price

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Venable LLP

$150,000

$155,000

Vinson & Elkins LLP

$175,000 - $200,000

$175,000 - $200,000

Waller

$170,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

$115,000 - $175,000

Undisclosed

White & Case LLP

$160,000

N/A

Wiley Rein LLP

$190,000

$200,000

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

$190,000

$200,000

WilmerHale

$150,000 minimum

$150,000 minimum

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

$190,000

$200,000

Winston & Strawn LLP

$175,000 - $190,000

Undisclosed