Reported Salaries by City for Law Firm Jobs

January 2013

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  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported Salaries
Fell in the Range:
Mean Salary # of Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
ALABAMA
    Birmingham $55,000 $90,000 $105,000 $36,000 - 110,000 $80,577 75
    Huntsville 72,000 74,400 5
    Mobile 57,000 58,143 7
    Montgomery 40,000 47,500 64,000 20,800 - 75,000 49,628 18
             
ARIZONA
    Phoenix 65,000 91,250 115,000 36,000 - 125,000 89,763 54
    Scottsdale 75,000 67,877 7
    Tucson 51,250 61,000 71,250 39,000 - 110,000 65,550 12
             
ARKANSAS
    Little Rock 45,000 50,000 65,000 37,440 - 70,000 54,912 29
             
CALIFORNIA
    Bakersfield 65,000 62,100 5
    Beverly Hills 52,000 60,000 72,000 24,000 - 100,000 64,444 18
    Costa Mesa 90,000 160,000 160,000 60,000 - 160,000 134,332 25
    Fresno 75,000 75,000 76,000 43,000 - 85,000 74,765 17
    Glendale 60,000 57,040 5
    Irvine 65,000 140,000 140,000 41,600 - 160,000 107,861 61
    Long Beach 50,000 63,700 90,000 41,000 - 155,000 81,356 18
    Los Angeles 90,000 160,000 160,000 60,000 - 160,000 130,385 363
    Menlo Park 160,000 160,000 160,000 60,000 - 160,000 150,370 27
    Mountain View 160,000 160,000 160,000 160,000 - 165,000 160,294 17
    Newport Beach 70,000 80,000 160,000 41,600 - 160,000 101,488 26
    Oakland 60,000 84,000 110,000 50,400 - 160,000 86,827 15
    Orange 72,100 68,190 6
    Palo Alto 160,000 160,000 160,000 160,000 - 160,000 159,244 86
    Pasadena 65,000 68,750 85,000 55,000 - 145,000 82,950 10
    Redwood City 160,000 160,000 9
    Riverside 80,000 80,556 9
    Sacramento 60,000 70,000 88,000 40,000 - 105,000 75,096 47
    San Diego 65,000 85,000 160,000 41,600 - 160,000 98,937 104
    San Francisco 80,000 145,000 160,000 49,000 - 160,000 124,566 220
    San Jose 62,500 104,500 120,000 36,000 - 160,000 96,750 10
    Santa Ana 57,500 65,000 76,500 25,000 - 100,000 65,667 12
    Santa Monica 72,800 80,000 100,000 36,000 - 160,000 87,985 13
    Walnut Creek 72,000 90,000 100,000 50,000 - 140,000 88,200 10
             
COLORADO
    Boulder 60,000 69,286 7
    Denver 55,000 100,000 120,000 40,000 - 160,000 92,965 85
             
CONNECTICUT
    Bridgeport 74,000 75,833 6
    Hartford 77,000 98,500 110,000 62,000 - 115,000 91,708 26
    New Haven 52,000 110,000 110,000 50,000 - 120,000 87,909 11
    Stamford 130,000 133,000 5
             
DELAWARE
    Wilmington 110,000 145,000 145,000 60,000 - 160,000 129,038 39
             
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    Washington, DC 145,000 160,000 160,000 70,000 - 160,000 146,948 545
             
FLORIDA
    Boca Raton 54,000 60,000 65,000 45,000 - 115,000 64,619 21
    Coral Gables 45,000 60,000 65,000 35,000 - 80,000 58,107 29
    Fort Lauderdale 50,000 60,000 75,000 42,000 - 125,000 68,357 63
    Fort Myers 60,000 70,500 82,500 40,000 - 100,000 69,850 10
    Hollywood 49,000 48,107 7
    Jacksonville 40,000 64,000 100,000 25,000 - 107,000 67,950 28
    Miami 60,000 70,000 100,000 40,000 - 145,000 80,750 173
    Miami Beach 50,000 73,333 9
    Naples 62,500 59,167 6
    Orlando/Winter Park 45,000 52,000 75,000 30,000 - 110,000 61,197 53
    Panama City 60,000 57,000 5
    Pensacola 65,000 60,929 7
    Plantation 50,000 51,250 62,400 36,000 - 72,500 54,840 10
    Tallahassee 45,000 55,000 65,000 40,000 - 95,000 59,762 21
    Tampa 63,000 76,500 105,000 45,000 - 110,000 80,370 46
    West Palm Beach 55,000 70,500 75,000 45,000 - 135,000 71,921 19
             
GEORGIA
    Atlanta 55,000 90,000 130,000 45,000 - 145,000 93,140 183
    Columbus 60,000 58,000 5
    Macon 60,000 60,444 9
    Marietta 55,000 59,000 7
    Savannah 52,500 58,500 5
             
HAWAII
    Honolulu 50,000 70,000 83,000 30,000 - 85,000 64,957 23
             
IDAHO
    Boise 50,000 60,500 5
    Idaho Falls 44,000 44,200 5
ILLINOIS
    Bloomington 48,250 46,583 6
    Chicago 52,000 100,000 160,000 38,000 - 160,000 103,970 530
    Peoria 55,000 47,850 8
    Rockford 50,000 62,500 70,000 26,000 - 80,000 59,250 12
    Springfield 47,500 49,667 6
    Wheaton 50,000 50,625 8
             
INDIANA
    Indianapolis 70,000 90,000 100,000 45,000 - 105,000 83,672 58
             
IOWA
    Cedar Rapids 42,500 47,500 60,000 31,200 - 80,000 51,820 10
    Davenport 55,000 61,483 6
    Des Moines 58,000 72,000 85,000 40,000 - 95,000 70,889 18
    Waterloo 50,000 50,200 5
             
KANSAS
    Overland Park 50,000 55,000 60,000 40,000 - 70,000 54,000 11
    Topeka 45,000 42,625 8
    Wichita 50,000 63,000 72,500 25,000 - 100,000 66,467 15
             
KENTUCKY
    Lexington 47,500 52,500 70,000 40,000 - 100,000 60,386 22
    Louisville 50,000 75,000 95,000 33,000 - 100,000 70,750 25
             
LOUISIANA
    Baton Rouge 45,000 57,500 90,000 30,000 - 98,000 61,653 30
    Lafayette 50,500 72,500 75,000 35,000 - 87,000 64,000 12
    New Orleans 80,000 93,000 100,000 35,000 - 103,000 86,720 59
    Shreveport 57,600 72,000 76,500 30,000 - 85,000 66,691 11
             
MAINE
    Portland 42,500 66,500 77,250 40,000 - 80,000 60,750 12
             
MARYLAND
    Annapolis 50,000 53,600 5
    Baltimore 50,000 74,000 135,000 35,000 - 145,000 90,622 41
    Bethesda 62,000 63,000 6
    Rockville 55,000 57,994 7
    Silver Spring 52,500 54,667 6
             
MASSACHUSETTS
    Boston 85,000 160,000 160,000 45,000 - 160,000 128,734 234
    Cambridge 48,000 110,000 160,000 42,000 - 180,000 108,636 11
             
MICHIGAN
    Ann Arbor 54,250 65,583 6
    Bloomfield Hills 80,000 87,857 7
    Detroit 65,000 100,000 105,000 37,440 - 120,000 90,459 38
    Farmington Hills 48,000 48,000 60,000 30,000 - 70,000 50,000 10
    Grand Rapids 65,000 97,500 100,000 41,600 - 105,000 82,144 18
    Lansing 47,500 51,167 6
    Royal Oak 55,000 63,333 9
    Southfield 40,000 56,000 95,000 35,000 - 105,000 65,900 15
    Troy 40,000 58,000 86,000 30,000 - 120,000 64,455 11
             
MINNESOTA
    Bloomington 50,000 56,000 5
    Minneapolis 60,000 102,950 110,000 36,000 - 120,000 89,475 102
    St. Paul 50,000 55,000 75,000 41,600 - 120,000 63,055 11
             
MISSISSIPPI
    Jackson 70,000 100,000 104,000 35,000 - 110,000 87,818 11
             
MISSOURI
    Kansas City 52,500 85,000 105,000 42,000 - 115,000 80,282 55
    Springfield 45,000 49,929 7
    St. Louis 54,000 75,000 110,000 35,000 - 125,000 79,121 29
             
MONTANA
    Billings 55,000 61,475 8
    Missoula 49,000 53,875 8
             
NEBRASKA
    Lincoln 46,500 55,000 62,500 40,000 - 70,000 55,393 14
    Omaha 52,000 60,000 81,000 41,000 - 85,000 65,600 30
             
NEVADA
    Las Vegas 62,000 75,000 95,000 50,000 - 115,000 77,938 66
    Reno 78,000 69,500 6
             
NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Manchester 79,000 69,800 5
             
NEW JERSEY
    Cherry Hill 50,000 50,000 6
    Hackensack 72,500 77,500 6
    Morristown 120,000 111,167 9
    Newark 115,000 135,000 142,500 40,000 - 160,000 121,250 16
    Princeton 106,750 103,083 6
    Roseland 132,500 140,000 140,000 60,000 - 140,000 128,333 12
             
NEW MEXICO
    Albuquerque 52,000 60,000 65,000 25,000 - 80000 58,306 29
             
NEW YORK
    Albany 45,000 54,000 72,000 45,000 - 85,000 59,674 23
    Brooklyn 40,000 60,000 65,000 38,000 - 90,000 57,545 11
    Buffalo 50,000 82,000 90,000 38,200 - 110,000 75,245 11
    New York City 160,000 160,000 160,000 55,000 - 160,000 143,224 1,507
    Rochester 50,000 74,000 90,000 30,000 - 105,000 71,300 10
    Syracuse 48,000 59,000 70,000 37,500 - 85,000 59,987 19
    White Plains 55,000 65,000 75,000 31,200 - 80,000 64,247 15
             
NORTH CAROLINA
    Asheville 50,000 51,256 5
    Charlotte 60,000 115,000 130,000 42,000 - 160,000 99,042 36
    Durham 58,750 68,083 6
    Greensboro 59,250 68,083 6
    Raleigh 50,000 70,000 75,000 36,000 - 135,000 73,013 38
             
NORTH DAKOTA
    Bismarck 50,000 52,960 5
    Fargo 52,000 51,200 5
             
OHIO
    Akron 63,500 72,833 6
    Cincinnati 55,000 75,000 105,000 30,940 - 120,000 79,565 50
    Cleveland 77,000 104,000 120,000 41,000 - 145,000 97,558 66
    Columbus 45,000 75,000 100,000 30,000 - 120,000 72,521 64
    Dayton 50,000 57,000 90,000 25,000 - 115,000 68,923 13
    Toledo 72,000 77,000 5
             
OKLAHOMA
    Enid 50,000 50,100 5
    Norman 35,360 47,500 50,000 31,000 - 65,000 45,096 10
    Oklahoma City 50,000 56,250 87,500 36,500 - 100,000 64,835 60
    Tulsa 45,000 55,000 75,000 34,000 - 100,000 60,270 37
             
OREGON
    Portland 56,000 70,000 100,000 24,000 - 110,000 74,352 33
             
PENNSYLVANIA
    Harrisburg 75,000 72,500 6
    Philadelphia 65,000 115,000 135,000 40,000 - 145,000 102,358 149
    Pittsburgh 55,000 100,000 125,000 35,000 - 145,000 87,556 63
             
RHODE ISLAND
    Providence 42,800 46,500 50,000 35,000 - 80,000 48,180 10
             
SOUTH CAROLINA
    Charleston 35,000 45,000 60,000 25,000 - 100,000 50,652 17
    Columbia 50,000 60,000 80,000 40,000 - 100,000 67,042 24
    Greenville 55,000 91,500 100,000 25,000 - 120,000 76,045 11
             
TENNESSEE
    Chattanooga 50,000 67,000 85,000 30,000 - 95,000 65,369 13
    Knoxville 47,500 54,250 68,500 33,500 - 70,000 55,800 20
    Memphis 38,000 65,000 72,000 30,000 - 105,000 59,867 15
    Nashville 75,000 100,000 110,000 35,000 - 110,000 88,766 32
             
TEXAS
    Amarillo 85,000 80,000 7
    Arlington 75,000 65,300 5
    Austin 68,750 97,500 160,000 50,000 - 160,000 106,102 52
    Dallas 75,000 135,000 160,000 45,000 - 162,000 118,195 177
    El Paso 70,000 65,000 7
    Fort Worth 60,000 85,000 125,000 48,000 - 155,000 91,004 33
    Houston 70,000 115,000 160,000 40,000 - 160,000 111,647 271
    Lubbock 40,000 50,000 62,500 36,000 - 72,500 52,318 11
    McAllen 60,000 66,000 5
    Midland 77,500 78,333 6
    Plano 49,000 54,167 6
    San Antonio 52,500 71,000 120,000 40,000 - 160,000 85,758 24
    Tyler 62,500 67,500 7
             
UTAH
    Ogden 60,000 61,333 6
    Salt Lake City 61,000 97,000 110,000 48,000 - 130,000 87,760 50
             
VERMONT
    Burlington 52,000 51,300 5
             
VIRGINIA
    Alexandria 68,500 110,000 135,000 50,000 - 140,000 101,821 28
    Arlington 65,000 63,333 9
    Fairfax-McLean 45,000 62,500 80,000 30,000 - 30,0000 82,487 19
    Norfolk 68,500 95,000 105,000 40,000 - 109,000 85,917 12
    Richmond 53,000 77,500 100,000 40,000 - 145,000 81,263 38
             
WASHINGTON
    Bellevue 55,000 55,400 5
    Seattle 70,000 110,000 120,000 45,000 - 160,000 100,619 83
             
WEST VIRGINIA
    Charleston 71,000 73,500 75,000 60,000 - 83,000 72,550 30
    Huntington 63,000 62,700 5
    Morgantown 53,000 72,000 83,000 35,000 - 90,000 66,909 11
    Wheeling 65,000 68,355 5
             
WISCONSIN
    Brookfield 45,000 48,333 6
    Madison 54,750 69,000 112,500 48,000 - 160,000 82,938 16
    Milwaukee 50,000 89,000 115,000 35,000 - 130,000 84,457 58
    Wausau 45,000 48,500 5

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. Cities with fewer than five law firm salaries reported are not included in this table. Only medians and means are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported.

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

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