Reported Salaries by City for Law Firm Jobs - Class of 2014

March 2016

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  PERCENTILE 90% of Reported Salaries
Fell in the Range:
Mean
Salary
# of Salaries
Reported
25th Median 75th
ALABAMA
    Birmingham $60,000 $102,500 $105,000 $45,000 - 110,000 $85,260 50
    Huntsville 52,500     — 65,750 8
    Mobile 90,000     — 78,333 6
    Montgomery 50,000     — 69,714 7
ALASKA
    Anchorage 75,000     — 77,400 5
ARIZONA
    Mesa 52,000     — 53,800 5
    Phoenix 60,000 80,000 115,000 35,000 - 120,000 83,339 73
    Scottsdale 59,400 80,000 95,000 50,000 - 110,000 78,940 10
ARKANSAS
    Little Rock 45,000 55,000 72,500 38,510 - 83,500 57,676 20
CALIFORNIA
    Beverly Hills 41,600 65,000 80,000 24,000 - 105,000 63,716 19
    Cerritos 54,000     — 60,286 7
    Costa Mesa 160,000 160,000 160,000 70,000 - 160,000 143,877 31
    Fresno 55,000 75,000 80,000 41,600 - 82,500 67,854 13
    Glendale 58,240 65,000 78,000 40,000 - 145,000 75,326 13
    Irvine 65,000 90,000 150,000 53,000 - 160,000 106,966 86
    Long Beach 53,750 60,000 80,000 41,600 - 85,000 64,092 12
    Los Angeles 80,000 160,000 160,000 45,000 - 160,000 128,805 452
    Menlo Park 160,000 160,000 160,000 90,000 - 160,000 152,969 32
    Mountain View 160,000 160,000 160,000 60,000 - 185,000 156,389 18
    Newport Beach 67,600 130,000 160,000 41,600 - 160,000 113,321 38
    Oakland 60,000 70,000 85,000 40,000 - 120,000 72,526 19
    Orange 50,000 64,200 65,000 19,000 - 80,000 58,521 17
    Palo Alto 160,000 160,000 160,000 135,000 - 160,000 155,921 127
    Pasadena 50,000 63,000 76,000 45,000 - 90,000 63,273 11
    Rancho Cucamonga 60,000     — 62,800 5
    Redwood City 160,000 160,000 160,000 80,000 - 160,000 146,852 27
    Riverside 57,500 72,500 80,000 26,000 - 100,000 70,250 12
    Sacramento 62,400 70,000 81,300 40,000 - 100,000 74,369 45
    San Diego 60,000 95,000 160,000 40,000 - 160,000 105,153 143
    San Francisco 85,000 160,000 160,000 52,800 - 160,000 127,246 256
    San Jose 65,000 72,500 87,500 45,000 - 145,000 80,417 12
    Santa Ana 36,000 64,000 75,000 24,000 - 90,000 55,316 17
    Santa Monica 60,000 72,500 140,000 35,000 - 174,000 88,922 18
    Sunnyvale 135,000     — 118,000 5
    Walnut Creek 45,500 75,000 90,000 36,000 - 125,000 76,500 11
COLORADO
    Aurora 52,500     — 52,667 6
    Boulder 50,000 70,000 110,000 35,360 - 120,000 74,390 15
    Colorado Springs 55,000     — 70,000 5
    Denver 60,000 110,000 115,000 42,000 - 160,000 93,264 97
    Fort Collins 55,000     — 56,800 5
CONNECTICUT
    Bridgeport 75,000     — 78,000 5
    Hartford 90,000 102,500 120,000 52,000 - 160,000 103,333 30
    New Haven 96,000 110,000 115,000 75,000 - 200,000 112,182 11
    Stamford 70,000 105,000 125,000 50,000 - 140,000 98,462 13
DELAWARE
    Wilmington 145,000 145,000 145,000 65,000 - 160,000 133,857 42
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    Washington, DC 160,000 160,000 160,000 85,000 - 160,000 149,877 653
FLORIDA
    Boca Raton 55,000 60,000 65,000 40,000 - 130,000 64,857 21
    Coral Gables 52,000 60,000 70,000 40,000 - 100,000 63,690 29
    Fort Lauderdale 50,000 60,000 70,000 40,000 - 94,900 64,146 54
    Fort Myers 51,250     — 57,563 8
    Gainesville 50,000     — 64,571 7
    Hollywood 52,000     — 49,889 9
    Jacksonville 34,320 45,000 62,500 25,000 - 100,000 50,396 65
    Miami 52,000 70,000 135,000 40,000 - 155,000 86,040 167
    Naples 40,000 65,000 70,000 30,000 - 85,000 58,636 11
    Ocala 52,000     — 53,400 5
    Orlando/Winter Park 48,500 67,500 105,000 35,000 - 120,000 75,464 48
    Pensacola 60,000     — 55,500 9
    Plantation 50,000 55,000 60,000 40,000 - 100,000 57,176 17
    Sarasota 55,000     — 61,444 9
    St. Petersburg 58,000     — 61,444 9
    Tallahassee 49,000 60,000 65,000 40,000 - 75,000 57,463 24
    Tampa 60,000 76,000 100,000 45,000 - 125,000 79,630 54
    West Palm Beach 55,000 60,000 72,000 50,000 - 125,000 68,438 24
GEORGIA
    Atlanta 60,000 115,000 135,000 50,000 - 150,000 102,276 187
    Macon 55,000 61,000 65,000 27,300 - 65,000 57,180 10
    Marietta 60,000     — 64,444 9
    Savannah 60,000     — 75,800 5
HAWAII
    Honolulu 65,000 80,000 87,500 41,600 - 90,000 75,821 19
IDAHO
    Boise 80,000     — 72,022 9
ILLINOIS
    Belleville 53,750     — 52,833 6
    Carbondale 39,500     — 40,667 6
    Chicago 60,000 140,000 160,000 40,000 - 160,000 112,858 609
    Naperville 50,000     — 45,714 7
    Peoria 56,000     — 53,583 6
    Schaumburg 62,000     — 60,600 5
    Springfield 50,000     — 49,500 6
    Wheaton 52,500     — 54,500 6
INDIANA
    Indianapolis 55,000 92,500 105,000 41,000 - 107,500 80,973 80
IOWA
    Cedar Rapids 50,000 52,000 65,000 40,000 - 90,000 57,700 10
    Des Moines 50,000 75,000 90,000 36,000 - 140,000 73,095 21
KANSAS
    Overland Park 54,000     — 53,556 9
    Wichita 60,000 64,000 85,000 50,000 - 105,000 70,800 10
KENTUCKY
    Covington 35,360     — 38,694 7
    Lexington 47,000 51,500 95,000 40,000 - 106,000 63,889 18
    Louisville 45,000 62,500 95,000 32,000 - 106,000 68,510 42
LOUISIANA
    Baton Rouge 60,000 70,000 95,000 43,000 - 100,000 75,230 23
    Lafayette 70,000     — 66,889 9
    Metairie 65,000     — 65,100 5
    New Orleans 68,000 95,000 98,500 45,760 - 100,000 83,176 47
MAINE
    Portland 45,000 50,000 66,000 25,000 - 84,000 56,500 14
MARYLAND
    Annapolis 50,000     — 56,111 9
    Baltimore 50,000 75,000 125,000 45,000 - 160,000 90,622 41
    Bethesda 60,000 70,000 90,000 45,000 - 105,000 75,745 11
    Rockville 55,000     — 56,786 7
    Towson 50,000     — 51,914 9
MASSACHUSETTS
    Boston 145,000 160,000 160,000 50,000 - 160,000 138,297 264
    Worcester 52,000 78,000 95,000 40,000 - 95,000 73,800 10
MICHIGAN
    Ann Arbor 55,000     — 59,152 5
    Bloomfield Hills 70,000     — 78,000 5
    Detroit 100,000 100,000 110,000 48,600 - 120,000 96,013 48
    East Lansing 35,000     — 34,726 5
    Grand Rapids 75,000 92,500 100,000 32,800 - 100,000 81,555 20
    Lansing 70,000     — 66,571 7
    Southfield 45,000 60,000 85,000 34,000 - 105,000 64,083 18
    Troy 60,000 75,000 100,000 25,000 - 120,000 76,462 13
MINNESOTA
    Minneapolis 75,000 110,000 110,000 50,000 - 125,000 95,688 136
    St. Paul 57,500     — 59,375 8
MISSISSIPPI
    Jackson 52,000 85,000 100,000 35,000 - 110,000 77,991 23
MISSOURI
    Kansas City 72,500 110,000 120,000 43,500 - 125,000 96,992 60
    Springfield 80,000     — 72,286 7
    St. Louis 52,500 80,000 120,000 46,000 - 125,000 86,373 95
MONTANA
    Billings 60,000 60,000 60,000 48,000 - 66,000 58,600 10
    Missoula 45,000     — 46,357 7
NEBRASKA
    Lincoln 45,000 53,000 64,250 40,000 - 100,000 56,917 12
    Omaha 60,500 78,000 85,000 50,000 - 88,500 73,275 40
NEVADA
    Las Vegas 65,000 74,000 82,000 50,000 - 110,000 74,561 53
NEW HAMPSHIRE
    Manchester 80,000     — 80,111 9
NEW JERSEY
    Cherry Hill 50,000 60,000 65,000 45,000 - 82,500 60,450 10
    Hackensack 67,500     — 78,667 6
    Morristown 115,000     — 107,500 6
    Newark 37,500 60,000 80,000 30,000 - 145,000 69,063 24
    Princeton 135,000     — 112,875 8
    Roseland 113,400 140,000 140,000 65,000 - 145,000 126,729 17
NEW MEXICO
    Albuquerque 50,000 54,000 60,000 40,000 - 65,000 53,841 37
NEW YORK
    Albany 52,500 60,000 75,000 42,500 - 90,000 64,950 30
    Binghamton 58,000     — 68,000 5
    Brooklyn 40,000 50,000 60,000 30,000 - 90,000 51,627 11
    Buffalo 50,000 54,000 80,000 35,000 - 95,000 61,724 29
    Garden City 45,000 51,250 65,000 40,000 - 80,000 56,012 22
    Jericho 60,000     — 69,433 9
    Mineola 50,000     — 52,000 8
    New York City 160,000 160,000 160,000 55,000 - 160,000 145,830 2,074
    Rochester 60,000 85,000 90,000 32,000 - 95,000 75,294 17
    Syracuse 55,000 67,500 90,000 31,000 - 105,000 68,789 18
    Uniondale 82,500     — 85,000 6
    White Plains 46,500 52,500 63,750 40,000 - 110,000 57,708 12
NORTH CAROLINA
    Charlotte 60,000 130,000 135,000 45,000 - 160,000 107,682 66
    Durham 35,000 48,000 65,000 30,000 - 135,000 61,636 11
    Greensboro 48,750 61,250 87,500 35,000 - 130,000 70,417 12
    Raleigh 49,000 70,000 105,000 35,000 - 130,000 74,477 44
    Winston-Salem 50,000 56,000 135,000 40,000 - 160,000 78,071 14
NORTH DAKOTA
    Bismarck 58,000     — 57,600 5
    Fargo 55,000     — 56,500 5
    Grand Forks 45,000     — 48,086 7
OHIO
    Akron 67,500     — 62,944 9
    Cincinnati 65,000 110,000 113,000 45,000 - 120,000 92,600 50
    Cleveland 65,000 100,250 125,000 45,000 - 145,000 96,869 88
    Columbus 55,000 80,000 110,000 35,000 - 145,000 84,421 57
    Dayton 78,000     — 81,714 7
    Toledo 45,000 70,000 70,000 36,000 - 100,000 63,909 11
OKLAHOMA
    Oklahoma City 45,000 55,000 85,000 32,000 - 100,000 63,182 55
    Tulsa 55,000 65,000 92,000 40,000 - 100,000 69,667 33
OREGON
    Lake Oswego 65,000     — 65,000 5
    Portland 55,000 75,000 107,500 40,000 - 120,000 81,097 36
    Salem 55,000     — 51,000 5
PENNSYLVANIA
    Harrisburg 55,000 60,000 65,000 35,000 - 92,000 62,000 15
    Lancaster 70,000     — 64,125 8
    Philadelphia 60,000 107,500 140,000 45,000 - 145,000 99,968 210
    Pittsburgh 50,000 80,000 125,000 36,000 - 145,000 87,813 81
RHODE ISLAND
    Providence 50,000 60,000 71,000 35,000 - 125,000 66,995 16
SOUTH CAROLINA
    Charleston 42,500 57,500 78,750 27,000 - 107,500 62,400 20
    Columbia 40,000 61,000 85,000 38,000 - 100,000 64,103 29
    Greenville 50,000 90,000 100,000 30,000 - 125,000 83,909 11
    Mt. Pleasant 43,500     — 46,125 8
TENNESSEE
    Chattanooga 48,000 62,500 95,000 45,000 - 95,000 69,683 11
    Knoxville 45,000 60,000 70,000 35,000 - 85,000 58,909 22
    Memphis 42,000 60,000 90,000 40,000 - 110,000 68,029 21
    Nashville 65,000 105,000 110,000 42,000 - 110,000 89,305 41
TEXAS
    Amarillo 70,000     — 75,286 7
    Austin 62,000 96,000 160,000 40,000 - 160,000 106,355 61
    Corpus Christi 56,000     — 62,000 6
    Dallas 75,000 160,000 160,000 52,000 - 160,000 122,265 244
    El Paso 62,000     — 62,429 7
    Fort Worth 60,000 84,000 110,000 40,000 - 145,000 86,968 41
    Houston 82,500 160,000 160,000 55,000 - 160,000 127,902 259
    Midland 75,000 90,000 135,000 45,000 - 135,000 95,909 11
    San Antonio 55,000 80,000 140,000 45,000 - 160,000 97,417 30
    Waco 80,000     — 63,400 5
UTAH
    Salt Lake City 68,000 95,500 108,000 48,000 - 120,000 88,510 51
VIRGINIA
    Alexandria 57,000 80,000 107,500 25,200 - 140,000 81,900 16
    Arlington 65,000 70,000 75,000 60,000 - 130,000 76,000 10
    Fairfax-McLean 72,000 140,000 160,000 50,000 - 160,000 119,778 27
    Norfolk 50,000     — 62,500 7
    Richmond 60,000 115,000 135,000 38,000 - 145,000 98,615 39
    Roanoke 78,000     — 71,833 6
    Virginia Beach 61,000     — 67,000 6
WASHINGTON
    Bellevue 45,000     — 53,640 5
    Everett 50,000     — 50,000 6
    Seattle 70,000 110,000 125,000 40,000 - 160,000 100,262 110
    Spokane 50,000 61,440 72,500 30,000 - 108,000 62,176 11
    Tacoma 55,000     — 57,933 9
WEST VIRGINIA
    Charleston 65,000 72,000 75,000 60,000 - 75,000 69,690 21
    Huntington 66,000     — 68,125 8
    Morgantown 65,000     — 63,333 9
    Wheeling 60,000 61,500 72,000 55,000 - 85,000 66,300 10
WISCONSIN
    Madison 70,000 115,000 135,000 52,000 - 135,000 97,571 21
    Milwaukee 55,000 115,000 115,000 45,000 - 140,000 95,421 59
WYOMING
    Cheyenne 55,000     — 59,611 9

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.

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