2016-2017 Bonus Survey Results

Survey Stats & Class Year Breakdown

  • Firms Reporting Bonuses over $100K+ : Desmarais LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, Hogan Lovells, McKool Smith, Harrity & Harrity, LLP

  • 76% of participants got bonuses

  • 45% Bonus Satisfaction Overall

  • 47% feel a bad bonus is a reason to leave a firm

1-2 Year Level

Highest Percentage of Bonus Satisfaction

Highest Bonus:
$30K Haug Partners ( formerly Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP)
Lowest Bonus Paid: 2 way tie
$500 Oliff PLC, LernerDavid
Bonus Satisfaction:
61% satisfied
No Bonus:
50% reported no bonus
Is a bad bonus a reason for leaving a firm?
55% of Associates said "Yes"

Bonuses Paid Out

3-4 Year Level

Highest Percentage of Firms Reporting Bonuses Under $10K

Highest Bonus:
$70K Desmarais LLP
Notable Firms: $54K Latham Watkins, $50K: Paul Hastings, Winston Strawn, Hogan Lovells
Lowest Bonus: Tie
$1000 Blakely Sokoloff, Snell Wilmer
Bonus Satisfaction:
48% satisfied
No Bonus:
17% reported no bonus
Is a bad bonus a reason for leaving a firm?
31% of Associates said "Yes"

Bonuses Paid Out

5-6 Year Level

Highest Percentage of Bonuses of $50k or More

Highest Bonus:
$95k WilmerHale
Notable Firms: $80K Paul Hastings, Finnegan $80K
Lowest Bonus:
$1000 Merchant Gould
Bonus Satisfaction:
41% satisfied
No Bonus:
16% reported no bonus
Is a bad bonus a reason for leaving a firm?
45% of Associates said "Yes"

Bonuses Paid Out


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