Average Salary for Harvard Law School Alumni

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

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Median Salary by Job

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Associate General Counsel
4 salaries
Senior Counsel
3 salaries
General Counsel
2 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
2 salaries
Corporate Counsel
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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 around $220K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels; their salaries approach about $190K and $160K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Associate Attorneys who make an average of approximately $94K.


New York, N.Y. is filled with Harvard Law School grads. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for Harvard Law School grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $236K). On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among Harvard Law School grads is Boston, Mass. (median compensation is around $135K). Los Angeles, Calif. is also a top pick, as is Washington, DC.

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 $163K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a law degree tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $139K per year.


Competency in Complex Litigation Case Management translates into above-average pay for Harvard Law School grads — they earn 34 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many Harvard Law School grads have knowledge of Legal Compliance, with just under a third of alumni using this program on the clock. Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Litigation Case Management are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Almost all graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. It is no small feat that almost all grads are given health coverage, and more than half of alums accept dental insurance. Other benefits that Harvard Law School alumni receive are a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, free drinks, gym / health club / fitness membership, and life insurance.

Key Stats for Harvard Law School


50 %
50 %
$100,370 - $232,676
$81,372 - $190,000
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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