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How much can MBB Partners make in a year? What is the differential with a PwC or Deloitte Partner?

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Once again, there is no way a Bain Partner is making that much. $4.5B is revenue. Not profits. Granted that consulting has low overhead, but still. Let’s say 50% margin. And staff to partner ratio of 7:1. If there are actually 1000 partners at Bain, absolutely no way the average partner comp is $2.5M. Not to be a jerk, but you guys are really on MBB’s nuts right now

I thought about it a bit more. The only way I can see average partner comp is as high as people are claiming is if we are only counting USA partners and the firm has a structure where partners in different countries are paid disproportionately. Otherwise, if you have $6B in revenue and half of that goes to overhead, that leaves $3B. Assuming 13000 (consultants at BCG, which is generous at 16000 minus 900 partners minus 2000 support staff and admins as I assume each partner has an admin and there’s one other support staff for recruiting and shit per partner). If the ratio of analyst to associate to consultant to project leader to principal is 3:2:1:1:0.5, that’s like $1M per 7.5 people who are not partners or admin (funky math because non-US are paid so much less). 13000/7.5 * $1M = 1.7B. Leaves $1.3B for 900 partners. Or $1.4M per partner. Of course, I guesstimates everywhere but I’m very confident that the average salary is not $2.5M+ like some are claiming

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Heyooo where’s all the single partners at??

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Amusing to even see Slalom in this discussion 😂

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Los of prior threads, folks. Big 4 make typically $350k to $2.5-3 ish. Deloitte average is $0.9m someone posted recently (ie not many at the higher levels). McK is more like $700k to $8m with most of our senior partners on say $3m

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Suddenly the deloitte people got really quiet

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I can only speak for Deloitte - we make a lot more money than MBB but there’s so many more Partners to spread it between. On average, I’d say our Partners make slightly less. But it’s a game of sales - so at the Partner Level, firm doesn’t really matter imo

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I’ve heard from senior partners that it’s pretty impossible at BCG to make more than $5M. Granted that’s a nice problem to have...

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BCG has a one partner one vote model, so senior partners do not have more voting share than the newest partners

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I’ve heard the difference is like 10 bucks

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^LOL

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Brand new partner: 750k–1M. 5-8M for very successful senior partners

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The partner model is pretty different across MBB as well

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We are a company governed as a single global partnership and P&L Think widespread participation in governance and evaluation committees, decentralized decision-making, rotational leadership. etc.

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You know every level 7 partner? That’s pretty incredible Also, you know a 6 (or a 5 for that matter) can make more than most 7s in a given year right? The ranges are very wide at those levels

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I've heard Big4 partners make more (on average) than MBB Partners. We've had some lateral moves from MBB to EY in Brazil

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No partner at BCG makes $8M. I know many of the level 6 and all the level 7 partners and no one there

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Not missing anything on average income per partner. But jr partners making more like $800-1M per year so leaves more than $2.5M for the high earners. Average of $2.5M. But lot of partners making less than $1.5M

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EY2 about right. The trick at MBB is that staying around to earn that is not easy. Up or out remains in place until you leave — there is no “tenure” that protects you.

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I highly doubt the average Bain partner makes 2.5 million (I also doubt their revenue is 4.5B)

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Curious if there are any articles on differences in the partnership model between the firms? Or could someone summarize?

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