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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Main Office: 200 East Randolph Drive, 200 E. Randolph Dr. | Chicago | IL | 60601
Phone: 312-861-2000 | Fax: 312-861-2200
Salary & Benefits

Kirkland & Ellis pays associates of every graduating class at the top of the market. The starting salary is $160,000. All offices in the United States have the same pay scale. Kirkland & Ellis's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $2,495,000, placing the firm in the 94th percentile.

Title Branch/
City
Exp. year Period Min Base
Salary
Avg Base
Salary
Max Base
Salary
Min Bonus
Salary
Avg Bonus
Salary
Max Bonus
Salary
Associate Chicago 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate San Francisco 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Los Angeles 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Los Angeles 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Washington 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Palo Alto 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Houston 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Boston 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Dallas 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Austin 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Salt Lake City 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Austin 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Boston 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Chicago 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Dallas 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Houston 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Salt Lake City 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate San Francisco 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Washington 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Los Angeles 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Los Angeles 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Associate Palo Alto 1st Year Yearly   $215,000.00         
Benefits
Benefits Package:

Some of the progressive benefits, services and programs offered to attorneys include:

Alternative Schedules: Attorneys may request an alternative work schedule to accommodate personal circumstances. This does not mean that they are cancelled off from merit-based compensation or opportunities for professional growth.
Domestic Partner Coverage: Domestic partners of Kirkland employees qualify for full medical, dental and vision insurance.
Parental and Adoption Leave: All primary caregivers are eligible for at least 16 weeks of paid parental leave - whether the child is newly born or adopted. Attorneys may also request additional unpaid leave.
Parenting Link: This program provides Kirkland attorneys, their spouses, and others practical information from parenting experts. It is a forum for parents to connect in an informal setting.