Associate Attorneys rake in the most money, with average earnings of $88K annually; Legal Secretaries come in second with average earnings amounting to $69K, while Paralegals and Legal Assistants rank near the top as well (around $49K and $36K, respectively).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $93K per year) can be spotted in Albany, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. (about $80K), San Francisco, Calif. ($71K), and White Plains, N.Y. ($64K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Chicago, Ill. — at $52K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, California offers the highest pay at around $71K annually.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $96K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman,&Dicker Llp employees (35 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn about $61K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Lawyers receive bigger paychecks ($81K per year) than those without credentials. American Bar Association Certifieds with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $76K annually. Employees who have a Juris Doctor (JD), Law make the most here, hauling in $125K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Complex Litigation Case Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $95K annually. A common skill in Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman,&Dicker Llp's work force is Litigation Case Management; more than two-fifths of survey participants report using it on the job. Document Preparation, Legal Research, and Client Interaction round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Though the larger part of workers get paid time off for vacation, only about 23 percent receive paid sick leave. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all survey participants and dental coverage for almost all workers. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan, day care, and free drinks.