Big California firms pay associates $160K to $265K

September 11, 2008 The “vast majority" of the 17 law firms that responded to survey by the Recorder pay their associates lockstep compensation that begins at $160,000. The firms increased pay to $210,000 for fourth-year associates and $265,000 for seventh years. Billable-hour requirements at most firms were around 1,950 hours.

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