Interested to know since this is rarely done, but what is your salary/state/position (__ year associate, etc.)/practice area? I see salaries posted far too often without any context. Surely everyone on here isn’t biglaw in NYC, Miami, LA, etc. Where are all the normal folks at?

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Currently salary for a senior associate given year of service and location

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I am proud to say that my firm did the right thing today. Instead of Associate salary cuts or layoffs, they suspended equity partner share payments and suspended hiring and spending. A plus.

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Just need a quick moment to vent! Two weeks ago, I applied for an associate position at a family law firm. I received a response almost immediately from the managing partner, who asked if I was available for a preliminary Zoom interview the very next day. The Zoom interview went exceedingly well, and I was asked to come in for an in-person interview the following afternoon. At the end of the second interview, the managing partner briefly explained the compensation... (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)

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Asking for a friend: Associate attorney with 2290 billable requirement and $119,000 annual salary in the Bay Area in California. Reasonable?

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I have a fun but happy ending story. I moved to NYC and joined a very well-established bankruptcy practice. Felt confident about the fit. I worked my ass off. I did my associate duties. And Whether through luck, fate, or talent, I brought in a very large matter: over 1.3 million in billing. The firm waited until first month billing was approved by the court and then fired me (3 months fake severance). Gave me no compensation. Joined a new firm now. Taking the matter away with me. 🤣😂

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Currently working in industry, but I received a McK offer for an associate role with total comp slightly higher than what I would be making next year in industry (~$5-10k higher). The offer is in line with the associate level comp I can find online and I wasn’t able to negotiate for any more. Wondering if it’s worth it to accept from a personal development standpoint? In other words: current McK consultants - if it wasn’t for the money do you enjoy doing what you do/feel like it’s fulfilling? 🙏

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PARTNERS: two questions —1. If you see an associate has really low hours for the month, do you imagine them chillen on a beach somewhere or do you consider they probably spent most of their days sitting in front of the computer being “available”? 2. If you send an associate a random e-mail on a weekend like “Can you pull X and send to Y”, would you get annoyed if they responded saying they weren’t by a comp or would you consider it reasonable that they wouldn’t be by a comp on a weekend?

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My most recent director told me that my time is being charged as Sr Consultant, so that’s the expectation for my performance. My title is associate, so two levels below a senior consultant. My last two appraisals have been scored against senior consultant roles, which my company has used to justify why I’m not eligible for a salary increase or promotion to consultant. Is this normal?

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I have 2.2 YOE and about to be promoted to Associate @ 130k +10% bonus. How does that compare to market?

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First year associate in litigation offered an assistant in-house role for the construction division of a real estate development company. Asked to send an offer letter detailing my salary and benefit requirements. Don’t know where to begin. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Pe offer is 125 salary 125 projected bonus - should I think of the bonus as more or less guaranteed, or truly discretionary and variable? 5 associate hires total, mm fund

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The managing parter told me yesterday that “It takes about one year before a junior associate makes the firm any money.” Do you think this is true? I’ve been practicing for 6 months, 1800 billable minimum. $75k salary. Small ID firm.

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My salary just got frozen @ 55.5k (SALT Tax, 1 year of experience). Should I start interviewing for other jobs? Worth it to stay 1 more year and “maybe” make senior? (PwC is 3 yrs to senior standard, 2 yr is early) I have a Master’s in Accounting, and have 1 more CPA test then I’ll be done. Not sure if I have a strong enough resume to receive decent exit opportunities as a first year associate. I’m about to have busy season again and work 60,70,80,90 hour weeks at my low salary. Please advise!!

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Any other campus hires here? I feel like we are underpaid compared to our associate peers with maybe more experience (understandably). Would staying internal to a firm keep me on the campus hire salary path or would jumping ship be the move for a big boost in salary?

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Am I being overworked/underpaid as a first year associate at a midsize firm in Chicago? ($67,5 salary, 2100 billable hours) it feels like a good starting point but I’m uprooting my life to start here

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The rate for associates at my firm is $180/hour. I bill 1800 hours a year (as required). Second year associate. Just based on that rate/hours requirement, what is an appropriate salary range? Small firm. 6 attorneys including partners.

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Senior tax associate salary range?

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Have an offer for associate at McK as an experienced hire which I am grateful for, but bonus seems off from quoted norm. Details are 165k base, 30k sign-on, 7.5% retirement, but bonus is 15k annualized. Offer letter says this is rated at strong for first year and then will be re-evaluated. Is this a normal associate variable comp amount? Offer is in Ops service line if that matters.

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I have an opportunity to move from an AmLaw 20 firm I am really enjoying to a top 5 firm that would essentially double my compensation. Very conflicted. Thoughts? Some important context (I regularly bill 2100 hours a year and am fine with it but this is kind of my ceiling for sanity. I am a dad of two and a husband and the only one currently making income, I don’t particularly care if I am ultimately a well-paid service partner or of counsel and I’m a white collar/comm lit associate (3rd year)

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PI Attorneys: what is your salary, location, and expertise/what do you do at your firm? For example I am a first year associate in NYC. I handle a case load of about 30 regular PI cases and 20 mass tort cases. I handle motions and other work that gets sent to me, I also have brought in numerous cases to the firm that are worth a lot. I don’t bill for my hours, I generally work 8-12 hours per day. I make $55,000.

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Feeling confused: I interviewed for a position at a large well-know firm, 6 rounds of interviews (Final with Director), then they called to negotiate salary and said they would like to make me an offer, 2 weeks of silence, now I get an email saying they want me to do an additional interview with an associate consultant at the company.... are they buying time? What’s going on? I’ve already talked to the director

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I’m a year overdue for my SAE promotion due to covid and business issues. I was told by my SVP that the promotion is definitely coming before EOY & I just need to “sit tight”. In the mean time I have been interviewing for an associate brand manager role for a smaller CPG company. Is it worth it to make the jump this early if my goal is to go brand side anyway? Or is it worth it to stick it out & get my promotion first? The new salary is also probably higher than my promotional raise will be too

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75k salary with 180 hours a month billable for a civil premier defense firm......seems a little low on $$$ for the billables ...I’m a second year associate ....any thoughts?

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I know this is going to sound tone deaf given the current state of things, but can anyone provide a range for what an associate consultant end of year bonus can range from? It's my first year.

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I’m a 2nd yr associate at mck and thinking about decision to switch to big tech or remaining at the firm. Given my financial goals, comp is a key element in my plan. What’s the best way to think about this switch? Esp for a 3-5 year time horizon? When i see my MBA peers at big tech now, I feel they have better lifestyle AND pay.

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Is there a general standard of rule of thumb for associate comp outside of biglaw’s fixed scale? E.g., x% of expected billings, or y% of a contingency fee goes to associate bonuses? How do things work at your small-law firm?

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I’m a big law associate (class of 2017) looking to go in house and trying to set salary expectations (especially for the interview stage when I’m asked). I don’t want to go too low that I disadvantage myself but I don’t want to go too high that they rule me out for it. I’m in NYC looking to go to a tech companies that all have about a ~$1bn valuation. Would appreciate any insight into a reasonable salary range

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Is it true that senior As who get stay on to consultant will no longer have their comp matched to MBA hires? If so, what’s the point of staying at EY-P after associate?

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Midlevel Biglaw associate in DC (Cravath comp, top law school, V20 firm) who just got an offer for a generalist in-house role. The company is a large well-known multinational, but the role is with a new branch of the company for which there’s no salary information online. What’s a reasonable salary/salary range to expect? What about reasonable benefits/vacation/etc.? I have no reference point so any information would be helpful, including any tips for negotiating. Thank you in advance.

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In your opinion, what’s the best quality car for the price? I’m looking to buy a car within the next year and want to plan properly. Preferably used. Associate level salary. Thanks!

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For any attorneys who started at boutique/smaller firms - what was your salary as a First Year Associate?

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How was your experience of getting promoted to Senior Associate and the transition to that role? Im promoted 10/1 but my comp is still unknown. Busted my butt over the year and I don’t feel satisfied lol. What was your experience moving up to SA?

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25 y/o. Been working for a startup for 2.5 years after graduating undergrad in 2017. Started as an intern. Salary for the first 2 years went from $55K to $78K. Now I’m at $95K and scheduled for a promotion to associate, salary expected to be $120-140K. I have no idea where I’m at in terms of relations to market (salary and progression)... can anyone at a BB help me out?

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I got an offer for $150k with 15% bonus for a senior associate role at a local firm. Is the bonus fair or should I ask for 25%?

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Looking into joining a small VC fund as a partner. First fund was very successful (3.5x after a couple of years). Second fund is going to be $100-150M. I’ll be the third partner and there’s a small staff of ~5-10 people right now. How much carry should I ask for? For reference I’m currently an Associate Partner and make ~$400-500k TC (depending on the bonus).

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In your opinion, how would you rate consulting firms for entry level (associate/sr associate) outside of MBB? In terms of career development, salary, experience, culture, etc.

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I'm being considered for an associate counsel position for a tech company, the responsibilities are a mixed bag of policy, compliance, regulatory, legal advice etc. The HR asked for my salary range. I've researched all over the place and the range is WIDE from $100-235+. I have a Masters, exp: 2 yr bar license, 4 yr policy. I dont want to sell myself short but I also don't want to sound ridiculous. How should I respond? Has anyone had any luck skirting the question? Thanks!

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How should I evaluate my salary? I’m a 1st year associate at a mid-sized firm (50 attorneys) with a monthly billable hours target of 170. It’s interesting to me that my billable amount in 3 months is equal to my salary, and I’m wondering at what point that should change. I understand there is overhead that I have to consider when analyzing this, but I feel sure there is a typical ratio of billing amount to salary and I’m just wondering what that looks like. Any thoughts here?

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Why do firms that don't bill clients by the billable hour (i.e., only handles cases on a contingency fee) generally pay lower associate salaries? And does the salary ever catch up to hourly firms?

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