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I would like to renegotiate my salary. I have been at this firm for 6 months. The pay is low for the billable hours req. Our hours are based on the hours after partner cuts them. More in comments.

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Just look for another job and get your own pay raise but there’s nothing wrong in asking. Don’t be scared you never know you might be doing amazing work and they might just say OK. I had a friend who asked for a raise within the year and she was bumped up to 15,000 because they didn’t want to lose her and she was a great associate so don’t be scared. You can also try to get another job offer and use that as leverage and if they do not say yes to the raise-bounce out of there.

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Using another job as leverage will seal your fate at your current firm.

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Oh I see now. Misread your reply.

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That's actually a good salary for a first year doing insurance work. It just total bullshit that they have 2100 requirement, but that's just how it is at those firms. The best thing to do is survive 1yr and move on. You could ask for a raise, but unless you are doing 210hrs a month, you'll get laughed out of the room.

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This is the correct take. I’d be very surprised if they gave you a salary bump from 88k in under a year. The good news is if you are actually hitting that billable and getting good experience (actually writing and arguing law and motion; taking and defending depos; handling files; etc) you will be very marketable after one year’s experience. Then you can get six figures and a lower billable at the next firm.

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What market are you in?

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If you can get a sense of what your coworkers make, if there is some semblance of a pay scale, it might help you have a better sense. If that’s not an option, consider starting a conversation with a recruiter who knows you’re practice area and your geographic area. Recruiters can be super knowledgeable and can help you figure out how what you’re making compares to what you could be making at a competitor. Then you’re armed with some facts and can decide what to do from there.

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Our minimum is 2100 and pay as a first year is 88,000 after i negotiated my starting salary. I love working at the firm, but how do I negotiate without looking greedy? I know it is a long shot but I would like to be at $100,000.

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A1, the problem is that I suspect 95% of partners - including most of the folks you think are reasonable — would react more or less the same way to a first year walking into their office after six months and asking for a 13% out of cycle raise. At best for the associate the partner would think the associate is a completely unrealistic numbskull. At worst the partner would react as SLS1 says. You have a legal right to show up at work wearing a speedo and boxing gloves. Doesn’t make it a good idea.

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