Average Salary for Harvard Law School Alumni

Harvard Law School grads can expect to earn between $94K on the low end and approximately $220K at the high end. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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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
5 salaries
Senior Counsel
3 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
2 salaries
Corporate Counsel
2 salaries
General Counsel
2 salaries
Associate Attorney
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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The most lucrative professionals among Harvard Law School alumni are General Counsels; they earn a median annual salary of $220K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $170K and $160K, respectively, are Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels. Salaries are anything but generous for Associate Attorneys, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $94K.


The most popular destination for former Harvard Law School students is New York, N.Y. The top-paying city popular with Harvard Law School alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of about $236K. Though Boston, Mass. takes the cake for lowest pay among Harvard Law School grads (the median salary is $135K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Washington, DC and Los Angeles, Calif. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Harvard Law School grads with a Juris Doctor (JD), Law (average earnings climb to around $163K per year). Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a law degree — their annual income amounts to $155K on average.


Harvard Law School grads are usually competent in Legal Compliance, and approximately one in three alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Complex Litigation Case Management commands a pay premium of 32 percent for Harvard Law School grads. Contract Negotiation, Regulatory Compliance, and Intellectual Property (IP) are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. The vast majority of grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Dental insurance applies to more than half of alums, and the vast majority of survey participants report health coverage. Graduates of Harvard Law School are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, free drinks, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Key Stats for Harvard Law School


47 %
53 %
$104,376 - $232,676
$81,947 - $203,473
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

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