2015 1st Year Salaries and Bonuses of the Top Law Firms

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Summary: Here are the 1st year salaries and bonuses of the top law firms in the United States.

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2015 Summer Associate Salaries of the Top Law Firms

Firm Name Associate Salaries Base Salary Associate Bonuses
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP $115,000-$160,000 NA  
Allen & Overy LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
Alston & Bird LLP $130,000-$145,000 Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Research Triangle, NC: $135,000
Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Silicon Valley, CA; Washington, DC: $160,000
 
Arnold & Porter LLP $110,000-$160,000 All U.S. offices: $160,000 $10,000-$40,000
Baker & McKenzie $110,000-$160,000 Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco/Palo Alto, CA; Texas offices; Washington, DC: $160,000
Miami, FL: $130,000 (plus $5,000 signing bonus)
 
Baker Botts L.L.P. $110,000-$160,000 New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Washington, DC; Texas offices: $160,000  
Baker Hostetler LLP $95,000-$125,000 Cleveland, OH: $130,000
Varies per office ($110,000 - $160,000)
 
Bingham McCutchen LLP $145,000-$160,000 Firmwide: $160,000 $10,000-$40,000
Bryan Cave LLP $120,000-$145,000 Atlanta, GA: $130,000
Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC: $145,000
Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO: $115,000
Phoenix, AZ: $120,000
St. Louis, MO: $125,000
 
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP $160,000 New York, Washington, DC and North Carolina offices: $160,000  
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000 $10,000
Chadbourne & Parke LLP $160,000 Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000  
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000 $10,000
Clifford Chance LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000 $10,000
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP $125,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Covington & Burling $145,000-$160,000 U.S. offices: $160,000  
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000 $10,000
Crowell & Moring LLP $125,000-$160,000 All U.S. offices: $160,000  
Davis Polk & Wardwell $160,000 All US offices: $160,000 $10,000
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP $160,000 US offices: $160,000 $10,000
Dechert LLP $135,000-$160,000 Austin, TX; Boston, MA; California offices; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Hartford, CT; New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000
Philadelphia, PA and Princeton, NJ: $145,000
 
Dickstein Shapiro LLP $145,000 DC, NY, CA Offices: $160,000  
DLA Piper $105,000-$160,000 Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; California offices; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Reston, VA Seattle, WA; Texas offices; Washington, DC: $160,000
Atlanta, GA; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL: $145,000
 
Dorsey & Whitney LLP $55,000-$135,000 Minneapolis, MN: $110,000
Other locations: Varies by location
 
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP   Boston, Chicago and New York: $145,000
Providence: $125,000
 
Fenwick & West LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Fish & Richardson P.C. $135,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000
Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI: $130,000
Boston, MA; California offices; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000
 
Foley & Lardner LLP $80,000-$145,000 Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI: $130,000
Boston, MA; California offices; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000
Miami, FL: $145,000
Madison, WI; Tampa, FL: $125,000
Jacksonville, FL; Orlando, FL; Tallahassee, FL: $110,000
 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer $160,000 New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000  
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP $160,000 New York, NY and Washington, DC: $160,000  
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. $90,000-$160,000 NA  
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Goodwin Procter LLP $145,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000 $10,000
Greenberg Traurig, LLP $91,000-$160,000 Greenberg Traurig is in more than 30 markets and pays market rates in each.  
Hogan Lovells $160,000 Baltimore; California offices; Denver; Houston; McLean, VA; New York; Philadelphia; Washington DC: $160,000  
Holland & Knight LLP $105,000-$160,000 Atlanta, GA: $130,000
Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Tyson’s Corner, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC: $145,000
Jacksonville, FL; Orlando, FL: $105,000
South Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach): $135,000
Tampa, FL: $115,000
 
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP $145,000-$160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
Hunton & Williams LLP $145,000-$160,000 Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Norfolk, VA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA: $145,000
Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; McLean, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC: $160,000
 
Irell & Manella LLP $160,000 Los Angeles, CA: $160,000 $17,500
Jackson Lewis LLP $77,000-$85,000 Firm did not disclose salary information.  
Jenner & Block LLP $145,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Jones Day $120,000-$160,000 Miami, FL: $135,000
Atlanta, GA: $150,000
Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA: $145,000
Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas and Houston, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000
 
K&L Gates $102,000-$160,000 Starting salaries fall between $90,000 and $160,000 based on dynamics of the local market.  
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP   All offices: $160,000  
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP $145,000-$160,000 Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY & Washington, DC: $160,000  
Kaye Scholer LLP $145,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000 $10,000
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP   All offices: $135,000/$160,000  
King & Spalding LLP $125,000-$140,000 Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC: $135,000
Austin, TX; Houston, TX; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Silicon Valley, CA; Washington, DC: $160,000
 
Kirkland & Ellis LLP $160,000 All US offices: $160,000 $10,000
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP $140,000 All offices: $150,000  
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
Latham & Watkins LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000 $10,000-$25,000
Linklaters LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
Manatt Phelps & Phillips $125,000 Manatt has a merit based compensation model, through which associates who meet or exceed expectations in terms of their competency level and their overall contributions to the Firm will receive competitive levels of total compensation. Manatt has placed an increased emphasis on training and development and, to demonstrate their commitment, they have created a unique program where associates receive an “Investment Account” to which associates may record time spent on specified development activities for which they will receive billable-hour credit up to specified caps of up to 550 hours.  
Mayer Brown LLP $110,000-$160,000 Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Washington, DC; Houston, TX: $160,000  
McDermott, Will & Emery $105,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000  
McGuireWoods LLP $100,000-$165,000 Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Tysons Corner, VA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE: $155,000
Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Richmond, VA: $140,000
Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC: $135,000
Charlottesville, VA: $125,000
Norfolk, VA; Wimington, NC: $120,000
Jacksonville, FL: $110,000
 
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP $160,000 New York: $160,000 $10,000
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP $105,000-$160,000 Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA: $145,000
Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC: $160,000
Miami, FL: $145,000
Princeton, NJ: $150,000
 
Morrison & Foerster LLP $105,000-$160,000 All U.S. offices and U.S. practice attorneys in international offices (classes of 2012 and 2013): $160,000 $10,000
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Nixon Peabody LLP $95,000-$160,000 All offices: $145,000  
O'Melveny & Myers LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP $125,000-$160,000 Los Angeles; New York; Orange County; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; Washington, DC Associate level 1: $160,000
Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, Washington Associate level 1: $145,000
$9,000-$12,500
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
Patton Boggs LLP $130,000-$160,000 Firm did not provide salary information.  
Paul Hastings LLP $160,000 All domestic offices except Atlanta: $160,000  
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison $160,000 New York, NY; Washington, DC: $160,000 $10,000
Perkins Coie LLP $80,000-$145,000 Salaries vary among offices based on location.  
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP $125,000-$160,000 Firmwide: $160,000  
Proskauer Rose LLP $97,500-$160,000 New York, NY; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC: $160,000
Boca Raton, FL: $135,000
Newark, NJ: $145,000
New Orleans, LA: $110,000
 
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000 $7,500-$15,000
Ropes & Gray LLP $145,000-$160,000 All U.S. offices: $160,000  
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Shearman & Sterling LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000 $10,000
Sidley Austin LLP $145,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP $160,000 All U.S. offices: $160,000 $10,000
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP $160,000 All U.S. offices: $160,000 $10,000
SNR Denton (Now Dentons) $145,000-$160,000 NA  
Squire Sanders $120,000 Firm did not provide salary information.  
Steptoe & Johnson LLP $125,000-$145,000 Washington, DC: $160,000  
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP $105,000-$160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP $160,000 All US offices: $160,000 $10,000
Venable LLP $145,000 All offices: $150,000  
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. $160,000 All U.S. offices: $160,000 $10,000
Wachtell $165,000 New York, NY: $165,000  
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP $160,000 All offices: $160,000 $10,000
White & Case LLP $125,000-$160,000 New York, NY: $160,000 $10,000
Williams & Connolly LLP $140,000 Washington, DC: $180,000  
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP $160,000 New York, NY: $160,000  
WilmerHale   All offices: $160,000  
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati $145,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000  
Winston & Strawn LLP $125,000-$160,000 All offices: $160,000  


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