Non-attorney here. Do attorneys in Big 4 get paid higher than their CPA cohorts?

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Yes. At least JD/LLMs do


Yes. Generally about $15k to $20k more per year. So if a first year staff CPA with a MACC or Masters of Tax gets $50k, a JD will probably get $65K to $70K, and maybe more depending on the market. JD/LLMs probably can add another $10k to each of High or low end.


Maybe true for JD but difference is higher for JD/LLMs. JD/LLM in nyc start at 125k+15k signing bonus at ey

Yes and no. Some specialty practices pretty much only hire jds (like mine) and your salary is generally higher than other groups. Once you’re in, I don’t think there is a difference and long-term, if you make partner, no difference whether you’re a cpa or attorney.

Depending on the market, JD/LLMs start as an associate at $85,000 - $125,000. I have also almost doubled my salary in 7 years. From speaking to my peers who are accountants, even with more years of experience than me, they are still paid less, so the talk about it all evening out might take more time (SM/Director/Partner level)

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