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Average Salary for Harvard Law School Alumni

Harvard Law School grads can expect to earn between approximately $94K and $220K. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Harvard Law School grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

Harvard Law School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Associate General Counsel
6 salaries
General Counsel
4 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
4 salaries
Senior Counsel
3 salaries
Corporate Counsel
2 salaries
Associate Attorney
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
United States (change)


The majority of Harvard Law School alumni wind up in law. Less than five percent of Harvard Law School grads move into the law office industry industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Harvard Law School graduates see an estimated starting salary of $177K.


Among Harvard Law School graduates, the biggest earners are General Counsels, who haul in $220K on average. Next on the list are Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels, bringing in around $170K and $160K, respectively. On the lower end, Associate Attorneys report making about $94K.


New York is filled with Harvard Law School grads. With a median salary of around $237K, San Francisco represents the highest-paid city popular among Harvard Law School grads. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Harvard Law School alumni is Los Angeles, where earnings average $126K. Other common destinations include Houston and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Harvard Law School students with a law degree can expect to make the most money ($168K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Juris Doctor (JD), Political Science (PolySci) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making approximately $75K per year.


Harvard Law School grads are usually competent in Contract Negotiation, and just under a third of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowing Corporate can pay off big time for Harvard Law School grads, who can expect a 35 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Legal Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Intellectual Property (IP) are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to the vast majority of grads, and a majority of grads also receive dental coverage. Almost all survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Harvard Law School graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.

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Key Stats

43 %
57 %
$103,210 - $233,242
$80,744 - $204,369
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

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