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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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2nd year, Atlanta, $170K, which is top of the market here except for a few Non-Atlanta firms that pay Cravath. Bonus target is 2050 and the bonus is way, way lower than Cravath scale. Other offices pay Cravath with Cravath bonuses even though ATL is the HQ and the other offices have a lower bonus target. Firm has massive profits and partners do not take a cost of living pay cut like the associates do. Word of advice, be careful what you wish for in non-NYC markets. Based on experience, you may make less money and bill way more.

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Also sounds v similar to KTS numbers

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5th year, remote in-house, personally located in Greater Denver Area; 175k base + 15-25% annual bonus tied to company performance. Equity likely within first year. Similar to other remote attys on this thread, my hours are extremely flexible and we track on a daily basis, which allows for taking half-days to do personal things that doesn’t eat into my four weeks of PTO per year.

Do you have to “track” your hours in the same way you have to bill hours at a firm, or is it more just to show you were logged-on/working on whatever tasks 40 hours a week?

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2nd year; boutique corporate law, $160k plus bonus for over 1500 hours.

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Damn what a dream! That’s awesome.

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3rd year. NYC Gov Law. $230k plus bonus (we’ll see if there are any this year 🙃)

I worked in city gov for almost a decade.
ADA: 55-65k (1-4yrs out of school)
Legislative body: 85k (5 years out of school, non attorney role)
Mayor’s office: 117k (6 yrs out of school, non attorney role)

Consider non attorney roles in government that still keep you in legal/Policy

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This is great and interesting

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85k, 8th year, local government, rural upstate NY. I’m whipping that federal student loan forgiveness horse, vesting my pension, and keeping that cost of living low af 😉😎

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Working in local government for the same reasons.

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5th year, remote in house counsel for software company, personally located in Denver area. 150k base + 15% annual bonus and significant equity. Super flexible hours (generally work from about 8:30 - 4 with freedom to go to appointments, etc during the day and “unlimited PTO) plus work from home makes it a pretty good gig.

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Sign me up! Especially if you can take a Thursday off and avoid I-70 skiing on the weekend.

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Graduated spring 2019,1st yr solo, small-to-mid-sized city in OK. Criminal defense and family law. I've made about 135k so far in 2020. Projecting about 175k by 2021.

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I need to start my own firm...

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NE Ohio, practicing about 4.5 years, own my own firm, around $350k.

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Heh, Attorney 26, almost certainly. There’s only one attorney, probably with your firm, that I outright detest. I keep good working relationships with opposing counsel, but this guy... he’s a nasty individual and he screwed up today. I’m coming for him.

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I live In the south & for small firms/boutiques in my geographical area, you’re looking at 35-50K for first and second year associates plus a bonus system in most. Upside is lower cost of living but it still feels weird making that as an attorney.

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230/4th year out of school (but 33)/Alabama

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What kind of company IC1?

7th year, In-house, TX, 175k plus 10-15% bonus projected for this year, pension (I can’t ever leave and that’s ok).

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What industry ?

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Vermont, as big law as it gets in the state, $88k 5th year. Bonus is deferred comp based on hours over minimum.

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There’s finance, but it’s Vermont so you’ll likely be general corporate with some specialization areas (you end up doing a little bit of everything).

215k plus equity, in-house California tech company, 6 years out

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I haven't been there very long, and the grant was part of the offer. However, like lots of tech jobs, it's a grant of options (i.e., options to purchase rather than outright stock) in a private company (standard 4 year vest), so it's hard to peg them to an actual value. But, other shares in a previous company that IPOd are currently treating me pretty well, so I'm inclined to view options favorably. I would expect a refresh grant annually or with future promotions.

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115k/9 years practicing and litigation experience/Pittsburgh/midsize firm

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12th year at small (10 attorneys) boutique patent prosecution firm in CA. ~$300k for 1200 billed and collected hours.

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Well damn. I want those stats!

First year 70k small firm nyc litigation

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Thats where I started in insurance defense, but you can jump to larger firms with a year or two of experience quite easily

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I’m cravath scale. Husband is an 8th yr plaintiffs attorney with a base of $175 and bonuses ranging from $25-125k plus referral fees which are separate and range between 15-35% of the fees. Will be lowering his salary and taking a percentage of all cases he works on shortly.

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Oh god, very low. I don’t remember the number but he was super underpaid for a while

110k, New England not Boston, midsize firm. first year. Mediation.

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Yessir.

$160k for 1800 hours (and random end of year bonuses) at commercial real estate boutique in north suburban Chicagoland. I graduated in 2009 but started practicing full time in 2013.

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Cassiday is an insurance defense firm primarily. And they pay less than you’re making for way more hours. I know a lot of people there. 1800 hours is VERY VERY low; maybe RE is different but insurance defense you’ll be lucky to make that base salary for 2200 or more hours/year

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Phoenix. 7 years out. Put up own shingle right out of law school. 250k average net. Criminal defense and PI

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Currently unemployed in the southwest.

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