Full-Time Salaries for Jobs Lasting at Least One Year, by Employer or Job Type — Class of 2014

March 2016

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Employer or job type Median salary Average salary** The middle half of salaries fall in a range from: Most frequently reported salary Percentage of jobs accounted for by this employer or job type
Law firm, 1-10 attorneys $50,000 $54,380 $44,000 – 61,125 $50,000 21.0%
Law firm, 11-25 attorneys 65,000 68,940 55,000 – 76,000 60,000/65,000*** 5.1
Law firm, 26-50 attorneys 75,000 79,830 60,000 – 91,000 70,000 2.9
Law firm, 51-100 attorneys 87,000 93,875 70,000 – 110,000 85,000/100,000*** 2.2
Law firm, 101-250 attorneys 110,000 113,075 87,000 – 145,000 160,000 3.0
Law firm, 251-500 attorneys* 160,000 137,135 115,000 – 160,000 160,000 3.0
Law firm, 501+ attorneys* 160,000 151,760 160,000 – 160,000 160,000 10.8
Business — all 68,000 76,490 36,000 – 135,000 60,000 18.0
Jobs for which bar passage is required 70,000 73,735 55,000 – 85,000 60,000 4.9
Jobs for which JD is an advantage 68,000 75,570 55,000 – 85,000 65,000 8.5
Temporary attorney thru an agency 52,000 51,140 45,760 – 52,000 52,000 0.9
Government — all 52,670 54,820 44,000 – 62,000 40,000 12.1
Federal government 62,000 63,335 52,000 – 70,000 52,000 3.5
State government 48,000 49,685 41,000 – 56,890 40,000 4.6
Local government 53,000 52,910 45,000 – 60,000 60,000 3.9
Prosecutorial jobs — all levels of government 50,000 50,570 42,000 – 58,000 40,000 3.9
Military — JAG Corps 58,620 59,235 45,000 – 68,000 60,000 0.7
Judicial clerkships — all 54,000 53,150 46,096 – 60,000 49,096 9.2
Federal courts 60,000 60,450 58,000 – 63,358 60,000 3.5
State courts 46,710 48,945 45,000 – 53,000 46,096 4.9
Local courts 45,000 43,620 38,975 – 46,709 46,709/45,000*** 0.7
Public interest — all 45,000 47,030 40,000 – 53,872 45,000 7.3
Legal services 44,500 43,970 40,000 – 50,000 50,000 2.2
Public defenders 47,250 48,225 41,000 – 55,000 40,000 2.2
Academic — all 63,000 82,290 40,000 – 55,839 50,000 2.1

*Since so many salaries in each of these categories were reported as $160,000, therefore $160,000 is best thought of as a prevailing salary and, with a few exceptions, the top salary.

**Averages are rounded to the nearest $5. A few medians were also rounded to the nearest $5.

***Tie at these two values.

Note: The "Law firm, 1-10 attorneys" firm size category includes graduates working for a solo practitioner, but not graduates who have started their own solo practice.

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