Median Reported Salaries by Employer Type - Class of 2010

Median Reported Salaries by Employer Type in the 20 Cities Providing the Most Jobs
to the Class of 2010

  PRIVATE PRACTICE BUSINESS GOVERNMENT
Median # reported Median # reported Median # reported
Atlanta $110,000 171 $70,000 23 $58,494 36
Austin 93,500 54 55,000 9 48,000 20
Baltimore 87,000 43 70,000 17 52,000 21
Boston 160,000* 267 70,000 27 45,500 28
Chicago 145,000 524 70,000 67 55,937 67
Cleveland 100,000 61 67,000 10 49,000 11
Columbus 72,000 43 62,400 15 45,000 21
Dallas 150,000 188 72,000 31 55,000 11
Denver 105,000 63 60,000 12 54,800 14
Houston 135,000 246 65,000 65 60,000 15
Los Angeles 160,000* 418 70,000 18 62,926 24
Miami 85,000 130 54,120 6 40,000 55
Minneapolis/St. Paul 108,000 115 67,000 32 51,865 11
New Orleans 90,000 80 48,000 15
New York City 160,000* 2,025 80,000 147 60,000 100
Philadelphia 125,000 131 70,000 15 50,620 23
San Diego 90,000 124 60,000 9 43,000 23
San Francisco 160,000 229 75,000 20 67,982 14
Seattle 105,000 77 62,000 15 56,150 20
Washington, DC 160,000* 651 71,500 62 62,467 485

Note: Figures are based on salaries reported for full-time jobs only. The median is the mid-point in a ranking of salaries for a given city and employer type. However, because salaries tend to cluster, particularly in large firms, the law firm median is better thought of as a prevailing salary in some cases. This is especially true of cities marked with an asterisk (*), since at least 51% of salaries were reported at the amount shown as the median. In New York, 79% were. For these 20 cites as a whole, 55% of law firm salaries were reported as $160,000 followed by almost 6% reported as $145,000. However, the true percentage of law firm salaries at those amounts is less than that because of disproportionate reporting of salaries in large firms. The extend of that over-reporting varies from city to city depending on the mix of firm sizes in each city.

A dash indicates fewer than five salaries reported.

Source: NALP graduate employment survey for the law school Class of 2010.

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