Full-time Salaries for Jobs Lasting at Least One Year, by Employer or Job Type - Class of 2012

September 2013

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Full-time Salaries for Jobs Lasting at Least One Year, by Employer or Job Type —
Class of 2012

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 $54,368 $42,500 - 60,000 $50,000 21.8%
Law firm, 11-25 attorneys 61,000 65,635 50,000 - 75,000 50,000 5.0
Law firm, 26-50 attorneys 75,000 77,585 60,000 - 90,000 65,000 2.9
Law firm, 51-100 attorneys 87,500 94,264 70,000 - 115,000 70,000/100,000/160,000* 2.3
Law firm, 101-250 attorneys 110,000 113,389 90,000 - 145,000 160,000 2.8
Law firm, 251-500 attorneys* 160,000 137,358 115,000 - 160,000 160,000 (48.2%) 2.7
Law firm, 501+ attorneys* 160,000 151,200 160,000 - 160,000 160,000 (76.6%) 9.7
Business — all 65,000 72,651 50,000 - 84,000 60,000 17.9
   Jobs for which bar passage is required 65,000 72,586 53,000 - 85,000 60,000 5.2
   Jobs for which JD is an advantage 65,000 73,867 52,000 - 80,500 75,000 7.1
   Temporary attorney thru an agency 49,400 50,193 43,700 - 52,000 52,000 1.3
Government — all 52,000 55,097 43,000 - 62,038 40,000 12.1
   Federal government 62,467 65,584 53,000 - 74,872 62,467 3.6
   State government 45,000 46,947 40,000 - 52,000 40,000 4.4
   Local government 52,482 53,980 45,300 - 60,000 50,000 3.9
   Prosecutorial jobs—all levels of government 49,600 49,600 41,000 - 56,500 40,000 3.7
  Military — all types of jobs 60,000 60,639 48,313 - 70,000 60,000 0.9
Judicial clerkships — all 52,600 51,838 44,065 - 60,000 60,000 8.9
   Federal courts 60,000 59,994 57,408 - 62,909 60,000 3.4
   State courts 45,000 47,230 43,000 - 52,000 44,306 4.6
   Local courts 42,930 41,518 37,422 - 45,000 44,000 0.9
Public interest — all 44,621 45,487 40,000 - 50,000 40,000 7.2
   Legal services 43,000 42,007 38,000 - 47,773 40,000/45,000*** 2.1
   Public defenders 44,000 45,501 40,000 - 50,000 40,000 1.9
Academic — all 50,000 54,733 40,000 - 60,000 50,000 2.7

*Since so many salaries in each of these categories were reported as $160,000 (as noted in parentheses), therefore $160,000 is best thought of as a prevailing salary and, with a few exceptions, the top salary.
**Tie at these three values.
***Tie at these two values.

Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2012

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