2015-2016 Bonus Survey Results

Survey Stats & Class Year Breakdown

  • Firms Reporting Bonuses over $100K+ : Fish & Richardson, Gibson Dunn, Goodwin Procter

  • 68% of participants got bonuses

  • Of those with no bonus 44% were from AM 100

  • Percentage of 1-2 year Associates reporting no bonuses increased to 32% up from 21.6&% in the previous survey

1-2 Year Level

"Highest Percentage of Bonus Dissatisfaction"

Highest Bonus:
Finnegan & Henderson
Lowest Bonus: 5 way tie
Foley Hoag, Merchant Gould, Fitzpatrick Cella, Cooper Dunham, Burr Forman
Bonus Satisfaction:
29% satisfied (64% from AM 100)
No Bonus:
37.5% reported no bonus
Is a bad bonus a reason for leaving a firm?
31.5% of Associates said "Yes"

Bonuses Paid Out

3-4 Year Level

Highest Percentage of Firms Reporting Bonuses Under $10K

Highest Bonus:
Kirkland & Ellis
Lowest Bonus: 10 way tie
Notable Firms: Shook Hardy, Bryan Cave, Fish & Richardson, McCarter English, Merchant Gould
Bonus Satisfaction:
36% satisfied (47% from AM 100)
No Bonus:
23% reported no bonus
Is a bad bonus a reason for leaving a firm?
58% of Associates said "Yes"

Bonuses Paid Out

5-6 Year Level

"Highest Bonus Satisfaction Amongst the Survey"

Highest Bonus:
Ropes & Gray
Lowest Bonus: 9 way tie
Notable Firms: DLA Piper, Merchant Gould
Bonus Satisfaction:
46% satisfied (70.5% from AM 100)
No Bonus:
20.8% reported no bonus (60% from AM 100)
Is a bad bonus a reason for leaving a firm?
50% of Associates said "Yes"

Bonuses Paid Out


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