Median Reported Salaries by Employer Type in the 20 Cities Providing the Most Jobs to the Class of 2012

September 2013

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Median Reported Salaries by Employer Type in the 20 Cities Providing
the Most Jobs to the Class of 2012

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Median Number of Salaries
Reported
Median Number of Salaries
Reported
Median Number of Salaries
Reported
Atlanta $85,000 231 $57,500 38 $59,987 30
Baltimore 76,500 48 60,004 12 60,000 21
Boston 160,000 274 65,000 47 46,500 48
Charlotte 117,500 50 55,500 24 45,000 5
Chicago 145,000 581 70,000 88 59,340 82
Columbus 90,000 51 65,000 17 47,000 36
Dallas 115,000 231 64,000 30 65,000 10
Denver 85,500 108 68,000 23 62,000 13
Houston 143,000 264 70,000 75 59,000 20
Indianapolis 90,000 64 63,750 22 45,000 30
Los Angeles 160,000 420 70,000 41 56,000 17
Miami 75,000 135 57,500 16 40,000 51
Minneapolis/St. Paul 100,000 127 62,500 56 45,000 19
New York City 160,000 1,800 83,000 251 60,000 141
Philadelphia 125,000 155 70,000 29 50,000 31
Phoenix 102,500 69 72,000 17 58,000 17
San Diego 100,000 112 75,000 13 59,000 31
San Francisco 160,000 259 74,000 46 63,000 19
Seattle 95,500 96 43,700 52 60,000 21
Washington, DC 160,000 655 70,000 70 62,467 336

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, San Francisco, 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. Thus, in cities such as New York and Washington, DC, where most law firm jobs are in large firms, the law firm median provides a truer measure of prevailing salaries than in a city such as San Diego where many jobs are in small firms.

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

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