Average Salary for Harvard Law School Alumni

Students who graduate from Harvard Law School earn between $125K from the lowest paying jobs to $220K from the most lucrative. This report is based on the responses of Harvard Law School graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Harvard Law School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Associate General Counsel
4 salaries
General Counsel
2 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
2 salaries
Senior Counsel
2 salaries
Corporate Counsel
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Harvard Law School grads who become General Counsels are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $220K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels; their salaries approach approximately $195K and about $180K, respectively. Attorneys wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $125K.


New York, N.Y. is filled with Harvard Law School grads. Harvard Law School alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of around $236K. On the other hand, Harvard Law School alumni who end up in Boston, Mass. receive the lowest median salary of $135K. Alumni express interest in Los Angeles, Calif. and Tampa, Fla. as well.

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 $198K on average per year. A law degree offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $139K).


Competency in Complex Litigation Case Management translates into above-average pay for Harvard Law School grads — they earn 37 percent more than their fellow graduates. Contract Negotiation is a popular skill among Harvard Law School alumni, with slightly less than a third of grads reporting using it on the job. Demonstrated ability in Legal Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Intellectual Property (IP) rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

The vast majority of graduates enjoy benefits like health insurance, while the larger part of graduates receive dental plans, too. Almost all respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Alumni of Harvard Law School also take in a casual working environment, free drinks, a company-subsidized cell phone, gym / health club / fitness membership, and life insurance.

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Key Stats for Harvard Law School


55 %
45 %
$100,032 - $233,753
$61,825 - $214,000
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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