Full-Time Salaries for Jobs Lasting at Least One Year, by Employer or Job Type - Class of 2011

January 2013

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Full-time Salaries for Jobs Lasting at Least One Year, by Employer or Job Type —
Class of 2011

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, 2-10 attorneys $50,000 $53,525 $41,600 - $60,000 $50,000 21.2
Law firm, 11-25 attorneys 65,000 67,712 50,000 - 75,000 60,000 5.2
Law firm, 26-50 attorneys 75,000 78,350 60,000 - 90,000 75,000 3.0
Law firm, 51-100 attorneys 88,000 94,594 70,000 - 115,000 100,000 2.5
Law firm, 101-250 attorneys 110,000 115,066 90,000 - 145,000 160,000 2.8
Law firm, 251-500 attorneys* 145,000 136,107 110,000 - 160,000 160,000
2.5
Law firm, 501+ attorneys* 160,000 151,427 160,000 - 160,000 160,000 8.0
 
Business—all 65,000 72,120 50,000 - 83,100 60,000 18.1
  Jobs  for which bar passage is required 67,000 72,824 52,000 - 85,000 60,000/75,000** 5.2
 Jobs for which JD is an advantage 65,000 72,944 50,171 - 80,000 60,000 1.3
 Temporary attorney thru an agency 52,000 61,693 45,600 - 65,000 45,600 1.7
 
Government—all 52,000 54,742 42,999 - 62,038 50,000 11.9
 Federal government 62,467 65,033 53,500 - 74,800 62,467 3.9
 State government 44,000 46,530 40,000 - 51,626 40,000 3.9
 Local government 50,000 50,869 43,500 - 57,000 50,000 3.9
 Prosecutorial jobs—all levels of government 48,500 48,216 40,000 - 54,300 40,000 3.4
 
Military—all types of jobs 60,000 61,080 50,000 - 70,000 60,000 1.1
 
Judicial clerkships—all 52,000 51,761 43,437 - 60,000 43,437 9.3
 Federal courts 60,000 59,889 57,408 - 62,758 60,000 3.5
 State courts 45,000 46,887 43,000 - 51,012 43,437 4.9
 Local courts 42,000 42,351 37,268 - 45,000 43,000 0.8
 
Public interest—all 45,000 45,573 40,000 - 50,000 40,000 7.5
  Legal services 42,750 41,019 37,000 - 47,773 45,000 2.0
  Public defenders 45,800 46,330 40,500 - 50,000 40,000 2.0
 
Academic—all 45,000 52,704 40,000 - 60,000 45,000 3.0

*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.

**Tie at these two values.

Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2011

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