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Large Firms Drive Spike In Associate Starting Salaries

Law360 (May 22, 2019, 5:24 PM EDT) -- The median starting salary in the legal industry shot up nearly 15% between 2017 and 2019, with some of the most significant pay hikes happening at the largest firms, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The 2019 Associate Salary report released by the National Association for Law Placement represents one of the first efforts to inventory the impact of the associate pay raises that increased the high-water benchmark for starting salaries to $190,000 last year.

The report found that the overall median salary for first-year associates as of Jan. 1 was $155,000, an increase of $20,000 since the last survey...

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