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Distribution of 2006 Legal Salaries

A recent post made by Bill Henderson on the Empirical Legal Studies website includes a data chart taken from a NALP publication “Distribution of 2006 Starting Salaries.” The Jobs & JD’s annual survey presents a bimodal distribution of legal salaries with a distinct group (27.5%) making about $35,000-50,000 annually and the other group (27.8%) receiving between $130,000-150,000. The middle ground, which Bill calls “death valley” contains the remainder of those receiving legal salaries. Tracking thousands of jobs and several types of fields (private, government, etc.), the data and Bill’s own analysis offers insight into useful trends both for law students and firms. Read more about the study here.