Average Salary for Harvard Law School Alumni

Graduates of Harvard Law School on average end up making between around $155K at the bottom of the spectrum and $220K at the top. This summary is derived from information given by Harvard Law School grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Harvard Law School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$70K$140K$210K
Associate General Counsel
3 salaries
$190,000  
   
Senior Counsel
2 salaries
$179,500  
Corporate Counsel
2 salaries
$154,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Industry

The majority of Harvard Law School alumni wind up in the legal services industry.

Gender

After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — females earn an average $185K per year compared to males' approximately $154K.

Jobs

The Harvard Law School alumni who make the most are General Counsels; they report a median pay of $220K. Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels draw in a fair amount as well — about $195K and $180K, respectively. Corporate Counsels pick up approximately $155K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

New York, N.Y. is a hot spot for Harvard Law School alum. It is no surprise that San Francisco, Calif., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is about $236K), is another of the most popular spots for former Harvard Law School students. On the other hand, Harvard Law School alumni who end up in Boston, Mass. receive the lowest median salary of $135K. Los Angeles, Calif. is also a common pick among Harvard Law School grads, along with Tampa, Fla.

Degree Major

A Juris Doctor (JD), Law will compensate Harvard Law School grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in around $198K on average per year. A law degree offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($139K).

Skills

Competency in Complex Litigation Case Management translates into above-average pay for Harvard Law School grads — they earn 35 percent more than their fellow graduates. Harvard Law School grads are usually competent in Regulatory Compliance, and approximately one-third of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, and Intellectual Property (IP) also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

It is no small feat that nearly all grads are given health coverage, and more than half of respondents accept dental insurance. The vast majority of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Harvard Law School grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, free drinks, gym / health club / fitness membership, a company-subsidized cell phone, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Harvard Law School

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %
Salary
$99,683 - $234,730
Salary
$61,825 - $214,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

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