Salaries by Employer Type - Class of 2011

January 2013

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Median Reported Salaries by Employer Type in the 20 Cities Providing the Most Jobs
to the Class of 2011

  PRIVATE PRACTICE BUSINESS GOVERNMENT
Median
Salary
# of Salaries Reported Median
Salary
# of Salaries Reported Median
Salary
# of Salaries Reported
Atlanta $90,000 183 $80,000 47 $58,500 26
Baltimore 74,000 41 65,250 14 49,000 23
Boston 160,000 234 75,000 35 47,157 38
Chicago 100,000 530 65,000 80 55,937 68
Columbus 75,000 64 70,000 10 45,000 31
Dallas 135,000 177 70,000 34 55,500 10
Denver 100,000 85 62,500 21 60,840 21
Houston 115,000 271 65,000 59 57,696 22
Los Angeles 160,000 363 68,500 32 59,953 20
Miami 70,000 173 80,000 16 40,000 41
Minneapolis/St. Paul 100,000 113 63,500 34 48,000 9
New Orleans 93,000 59 50,000 9
New York City 160,000 1,507 75,000 187 60,000 123
Philadelphia 115,000 149 75,000 19 49,600 37
Phoenix 91,250 54 75,000 8 58,996 14
Pittsburgh 100,000 63 48,600 34 48,367 5
San Diego 85,000 104 80,000 25 60,000 17
San Francisco 145,000 220 75,000 33 66,000 22
Seattle 110,000 83 69,250 20 58,150 20
Washington, DC 160,000 545 67,500 62 62,467 354

Note: Figures are based on salaries for reported for full-time jobs lasting at least a year. The median is the mid-point in a ranking of reported salaries. However, because salaries in large firms are quite uniform and are disproportionately reported relative to salaries in small firms, law firm medians are generally more applicable to large firms in that city. In the case of Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC, the median is best thought of as a prevailing salary since at least half of the reported firm salaries in these cities were $160,000. For these 20 cities as a whole, 46% of law firm salaries were reported as $160,000, followed by 5% reported as $145,000. However, the true percentage of law firm salaries at these amounts is less than that because of disproportionate reporting of salaries in large firms. The extent of that over-reporting varies from city to city depending on the mix of firm sizes in each city. A dash indicates that fewer than five salaries were reported.

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

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