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Has anyone made the jump from the tax group of an AmLaw 100 firm to a Big 4 tax group? I have questions.

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I've gone the other direction if that counts for anything

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Depends on what year you get brought in at, but 1st year associate market base is 190k. There might be some Amlaw 100 firms that don't pay market but I would expect a 1st year salary there is still 150k+.

How did it compare? I’m drowning and unhappy in the Manhattan office of a big law firm and I’m planning to move to Seattle and try to draw down the intensity a bit. I’m wondering if I should just look at smaller regional law firms in Seattle or if the big 4 might offer better balance too.

At this point the Manhattan biglaw money just isn’t making it worth it. And with no state or local tax and about 30% lower rent in Seattle, I can take a hefty pay cut and end up with the same economics.

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I’ve also gone the other way, but to corporate rather than tax at a law firm. Have considered going back...

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