Average Salary for Harvard Law School Alumni

Graduates of Harvard Law School typically end up making between about $94K and $220K. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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
6 salaries
Senior Counsel
3 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
3 salaries
General Counsel
2 salaries
Corporate Counsel
2 salaries
Associate Attorney
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
United States (change)


The most popular professional field seems to be law. On the other end of the spectrum is the financial services industry, which attracts less than five percent of Harvard Law School alumni. Those with an education from Harvard Law School earn an average of $176K.


Harvard Law School grads who become General Counsels garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in $220K annually. However, Associate General Counsels and Senior Counsels also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $170K and $160K, respectively). Associate Attorneys face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at approximately $94K.


Home to a large number of Harvard Law School alums, New York is by far the most attractive city for these former students. It is also not uncommon to find former Harvard Law School students living and working in San Francisco — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $237K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Harvard Law School alumni is Los Angeles, which offers median salaries of $133K. Alumni express interest in Houston and Washington, DC as well.

Degree Major

Harvard Law School grads who hold a law degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $168K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Juris Doctor (JD), Political Science (PolySci) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making approximately $75K per year.


Contract Negotiation is a common skill among Harvard Law School alumni — just under one in three grads mention using it at work. For Harvard Law School grads, proficiency in Complex Litigation Case Management warrants a paycheck that is 17 percent more than other alumni salaries. Demonstrated ability in Legal Compliance, Intellectual Property (IP), and Regulatory Compliance rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; nearly all graduates are rewarded with health insurance and a majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. Almost all alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Other benefits awarded to Harvard Law School alumni include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.

Key Stats for Harvard Law School


43 %
57 %
$102,934 - $234,108
$71,250 - $201,683
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

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