Harvard Law School Alumni Average Salary

Students who graduate from Harvard Law School earn between around $155K from the lowest paying jobs to approximately $220K from the most lucrative. This report is based on the answers of Harvard Law School graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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The most popular professional field seems to be the legal services industry.


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 $190K and about $180K, respectively, are Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Corporate Counsels; alumni in this role face average salaries of $155K.


New York, N.Y. is a hot spot for Harvard Law School alum. With a median salary of $236K, San Francisco, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among Harvard Law School grads. On the other end, Harvard Law School grads flock to Boston, Mass., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $135K. Other cities of interest include Los Angeles, Calif. and Tampa, Fla.

Degree Major

Harvard Law School grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Juris Doctor (JD), Law and earn a median salary of $160K per year. Graduates holding a law degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $139K.


Over a third of grads report using Regulatory Compliance as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Competency in Regulatory Compliance translates into above-average pay for Harvard Law School grads — they earn 15 percent more than their fellow graduates. Experience with Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, and Intellectual Property (IP) is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly all alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health coverage is awarded to almost all graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of graduates as well. Additional benefits handed to Harvard Law School alumni include a casual working environment, free drinks, gym / health club / fitness membership, a company-subsidized cell phone, and life insurance.

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$98,990 - $234,644
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Job Satisfaction

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

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