2015 2nd Year Salaries and Bonuses of the Top Law Firms


Summary: Here are the 2nd year salaries and bonuses of the top law firms in the United States.

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2015 8th Year Salaries and Bonuses of the Top Law Firms
2015 Summer Associate Salaries of the Top Law Firms



Firm Name Associate Salaries Base Salary Associate Bonuses
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP $125,000-$170,000 N/A  
Allen & Overy LLP 170000 New York, NY: $170,000  
Alston & Bird LLP $135,000-$155,000 N/A  
Arnold & Porter LLP $120,000-$155,000 All U.S. offices: $170,000 $10,000-$45,000
Baker & McKenzie $114,000-$170,000 N/A  
Baker Botts L.L.P. $114,000-$150,000 N/A  
Baker Hostetler LLP $10,000 N/A  
Bingham McCutchen LLP $155,000-$170,000 Firmwide: $170,000 $14,000-$44,000
Bryan Cave LLP $125,000-$155,000 N/A  
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP $170,000 New York, Washington, DC and North Carolina offices: $170,000  
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP $170,000 New York, NY: $170,000 $14,000
Chadbourne & Parke LLP $165,000-$170,000 Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC: $170,000  
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP $170,000 All offices: $170,000 $14,000
Clifford Chance LLP $170,000 New York, NY: $170,000 $14,000
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP $135,000-$155,000 All offices: $170,000  
Covington & Burling $155,000-$170,000 U.S. Offices: $170,000  
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP $170,000 All offices: $170,000 $14,000
Crowell & Moring LLP $135,000 N/A  
Davis Polk & Wardwell $170,000 All US Offices: $170,000 $14,000
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP $170,000 US Offices: $170,000 $14,000
Dechert LLP $152,500-$170,000 Austin, TX; Boston, MA; California offices; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Hartford, CT; New York, NY; Washington, DC : $170,000
Philadelphia, PA and Princeton, NJ: $152,500
Dickstein Shapiro LLP $160,000 DC, NY, CA Offices: $170,000  
DLA Piper $108,000-$170,000 N/A  
Dorsey & Whitney LLP $60,000-$150,000 N/A  
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP N/A N/A  
Fenwick & West LLP N/A N/A  
Fish & Richardson P.C. $145,000-$170,000 The firm says: Associate base salary (excluding bonuses) is determined by a combination lock-step merit system. Advancement at every level is based exclusively on merit. Our bonus system is a merit based system, rewarding associates for dedication and high quality work. We consider factors such as substantive legal work, practice-building efforts, teamwork, substantial non-billable contributions, hours billed, and dedication and sacrifice in meeting client needs.  
Foley & Lardner LLP $85,000-$165,000 N/A  
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer $170,000 New York, NY; Washington, DC: $170,000  
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP $170,000 New York, NY and Washington, DC: $170,000  
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. $140,000-$170,000 N/A  
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP $170,000 All Offices: $170,000  
Goodwin Procter LLP $170,000 $170,000 $14,000
Greenberg Traurig, LLP $95,000-$170,000 N/A  
Hogan Lovells $170,000 Baltimore; California offices; Denver; Houston; McLean, VA; New York; Philadelphia; Washington DC: $170,000  
Holland & Knight LLP $115,000-$135,000 N/A  
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP $155,000-$170,000 New York, NY: $170,000  
Hunton & Williams LLP $145,000-$170,000 N/A  
Irell & Manella LLP N/A Los Angeles, CA: $170,000 $14,000
Jackson Lewis LLP $92,000 N/A  
Jenner & Block LLP N/A N/A  
Jones Day $137,000-$165,000 N/A  
K&L Gates $107,000-$135,000 N/A  
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP N/A $170,000  
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP $155,000-$170,000 Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY & Washington, DC: $170,000  
Kaye Scholer LLP $155,000-$170,000 N/A $14,000
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP N/A N/A  
King & Spalding LLP $135,000-$145,000 N/A  
Kirkland & Ellis LLP $170,000 N/A $14,000
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP N/A N/A  
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP $170,000 New York, NY: $170,000  
Latham & Watkins LLP $170,000 N/A $14,000-$33,500
Linklaters LLP N/A New York, NY: $170,000  
Manatt Phelps & Phillips N/A N/A  
Mayer Brown LLP $114,000-$170,000 Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Washington, DC; Houston, TX: $170,000  
McDermott, Will & Emery $115,000-$170,000 The firm says: In January, 2010, the firm moved to a three-tiered, merit-based compensation system. The bonuses are based on performance and hours. In March 2011, March 2012 and March 2013, the firm paid bonuses which resulted in more than half of our associates receiving total compensation that exceeded total compensation at our peer firms. Over the past three years, the firm paid the majority of the remaining bonus-eligible associates bonuses that resulted in total compensation that at least equaled total compensation paid at peer firms.  
McGuireWoods LLP N/A N/A  
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP $170,000 New York: $170,000 $14,000
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP $150,000-$170,000 N/A  
Morrison & Foerster LLP $155,000-$170,000 All U.S. offices and U.S. practice attorneys in international offices (class of 2011): $170,000 $14,000
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP N/A All Offices: $170,000  
Nixon Peabody LLP N/A N/A  
O'Melveny & Myers LLP $170,000 All Offices: $170,000  
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP $135,000-$170,000 Los Angeles; New York; Orange County; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; Washington, DC: $170,000 Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, Washington: $155,000 $12,600-$16,500
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP N/A New York, NY: $170,000  
Patton Boggs LLP $135,000-$170,000 N/A  
Paul Hastings LLP $165,000-$170,000 All domestic offices except Atlanta: $170,000  
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison $170,000 New York, NY; Washington, DC: $170,000 $14,000
Perkins Coie LLP $85,000-$102,000 N/A  
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP $135,000-$145,000 Firmwide: $170,000  
Proskauer Rose LLP $120,000-$170,000 New York, NY; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC: $170,000
Boca Raton, FL : $145,000
Newark, NJ : $150,000
New Orleans, LA : $120,000
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP $170,000 All Offices: $170,000 $10,500-$20,000
Ropes & Gray LLP $155,000-$170,000 N/A  
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP $170,000 $170,000  
Shearman & Sterling LLP $170,000 New York, NY: $170,000 $14,000
Sidley Austin LLP $155,000-$170,000 All Offices: $170,000  
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP $170,000 All U.S. Offices: $170,000 $14,000
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP $170,000 All U.S. Offices: $170,000 $14,000
SNR Denton (Now Dentons) $155,000-$170,000 N/A  
Squire Sanders $125,000 N/A  
Steptoe & Johnson LLP $155,000 Washington, DC: $165,000  
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP $160,000-$170,000 New York, NY: $170,000  
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP $170,000 All US Offices: $170,000 $14,000
Venable LLP $155,000 N/A  
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. $170,000 All US. Offices:$170,000 $14,000
Wachtell N/A N/A  
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP $170,000 All Offices: $170,000 $14,000
White & Case LLP $135,000-$170,000 New York, NY: $170,000 $14,000
Williams & Connolly LLP $150,000 Washington, DC: $195,000 N/A
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP $170,000 New York, NY: $170,000 N/A
WilmerHale N/A $170,000 N/A
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati $150,000-$155,000 All Offices: $170,000 N/A
Winston & Strawn LLP $135,000-$170,000 $170,000 N/A




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