Do you have to get a pay cut if you move in house and if you have already get paid market in law firm? Any example that in house pays more than the biglaw market pay?

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It’s rare that any in house role will pay the equivalent biglaw market salary, particularly if you’re looking only at base and comparing years of experience.

That being said, benefits are often much better; ie, 401k matching, lower contributions to health insurance, bonus/equity varies widely, etc. so it can be difficult to do a true 1 to 1 calculation.


You do realize you’re in a bowl full of in-house lawyers, right? LOTS OF PEOPLE want these jobs. Heck, lots of biglaw lawyers want these jobs. I’ve been in house for going on 4 years and I still don’t make what I made when I left biglaw. It might surprise you but a lot of us see beyond the compensation within a few years of being in the meat grinder that is most of biglaw.


I took a relatively small pay cut to move in-house, and work about half of what I used to work at about 1/10 of the pressure and stress. I’m also fully remote now. It’s a pretty solid trade off, and I’ll get back up to my BigLaw TC within a few years.


D1, do you mind sharing the strong compensation package?


I make more in-house than I would make in big law for both this year and next year (take home with the benefits not TC for next year), but after that who knows since there isn't lock-step comp in-house


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