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22 Apr 2008, 21:57
no shame in being honest. its hard to judge finance careers because they vary a lot, whether its ib, vc, or pe. assuming mc or ib, im going to pull a number out of my arse and say in an average career track, 200k for mc, and 300 for banking.
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23 Apr 2008, 12:26
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23 Apr 2008, 13:12
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I am a corporate lawyer in Manhattan and am considering getting a MBA (as if I haven't spent enough time in school.) Lawyers are an overpaid, materialistic lot and I am no different. As such, my main concern is money.

Assuming I attend a top-tier school and end up in finance or consulting, what will I earn 3-4 yrs out?

If you go into Investment Banking, you can expect to be a VP in 3 years earning $550-750K. Similar track for PE/VC, probably more. Management Consulting - count on the$225-300K range 3-4 years out.
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25 Apr 2008, 13:26
I think short term you are better off in law if you went to a top law school and work at a big name firm. Your return on investment is going to be much longer than people making 45k and not loaded down with grad school loans already. Your income immediately after school probably wont be much more than what a corporate lawyer will make, if at all since you will be at the bottom vs another few years at your firm. However, in 20 years if you gut it out in IB you may make significantly more than a partner at a top law firm.
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28 Apr 2008, 06:23
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I think short term you are better off in law if you went to a top law school and work at a big name firm. Your return on investment is going to be much longer than people making 45k and not loaded down with grad school loans already. Your income immediately after school probably wont be much more than what a corporate lawyer will make, if at all since you will be at the bottom vs another few years at your firm. However, in 20 years if you gut it out in IB you may make significantly more than a partner at a top law firm.

This is untrue. 1st year associates at BB IBs make approximately 2x what a 1st year associate at a big law firm makes. The gap continues to widen every year thereafter. You are correct that any other career path after B-School will make around what a big law associate would, but IB is the exception.
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Re: question about $[#permalink] ### Show Tags 28 Apr 2008, 08:23 terp06 wrote: riverripper wrote: I think short term you are better off in law if you went to a top law school and work at a big name firm. Your return on investment is going to be much longer than people making 45k and not loaded down with grad school loans already. Your income immediately after school probably wont be much more than what a corporate lawyer will make, if at all since you will be at the bottom vs another few years at your firm. However, in 20 years if you gut it out in IB you may make significantly more than a partner at a top law firm. This is untrue. 1st year associates at BB IBs make approximately 2x what a 1st year associate at a big law firm makes. The gap continues to widen every year thereafter. You are correct that any other career path after B-School will make around what a big law associate would, but IB is the exception. standard biglaw salary is$165k base, and around $30k bonus. are you saying bb ibs make$400k first year?
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Re: question about $[#permalink] ### Show Tags 28 Apr 2008, 08:45 dabots wrote: terp06 wrote: riverripper wrote: I think short term you are better off in law if you went to a top law school and work at a big name firm. Your return on investment is going to be much longer than people making 45k and not loaded down with grad school loans already. Your income immediately after school probably wont be much more than what a corporate lawyer will make, if at all since you will be at the bottom vs another few years at your firm. However, in 20 years if you gut it out in IB you may make significantly more than a partner at a top law firm. This is untrue. 1st year associates at BB IBs make approximately 2x what a 1st year associate at a big law firm makes. The gap continues to widen every year thereafter. You are correct that any other career path after B-School will make around what a big law associate would, but IB is the exception. standard biglaw salary is$165k base, and around $30k bonus. are you saying bb ibs make$400k first year?

From what I know, 275 bonus + 95 base + 40 signing/relocation = $410k is about what many BB IBs were paying first year associates in '07. This will obviously change radically with market fluctuations, but I think it's safe to say that you can count on somewhere between 350-400 all-in in a good market for your first full year (not stub year). Big Law compensation probably does not fluctuate as widely with market conditions. This was from '06: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12112006/photos/biz037a.jpg _________________ Check out the new Career Forum http://gmatclub.com/forum/133 Director Joined: 18 Sep 2006 Posts: 962 Location: Chicago, IL Schools: Chicago Booth 2010 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 28 [0], given: 0 Re: question about $ [#permalink]

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28 Apr 2008, 09:05
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From what I know, 275 bonus + 95 base + 40 signing/relocation = $410k is about what many BB IBs were paying first year associates in '07. This will obviously change radically with market fluctuations, but I think it's safe to say that you can count on somewhere between 350-400 all-in in a good market for your first full year (not stub year). Big Law compensation probably does not fluctuate as widely with market conditions. This was from '06: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12112006/photos/biz037a.jpg i remember that article, and i still find the numbers very suspect SVP Joined: 11 Mar 2008 Posts: 1634 Location: Southern California Schools: Chicago (dinged), Tuck (November), Columbia (RD) Followers: 9 Kudos [?]: 201 [0], given: 0 Re: question about $ [#permalink]

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28 Apr 2008, 09:07
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terp06 wrote:
From what I know, 275 bonus + 95 base + 40 signing/relocation = $410k is about what many BB IBs were paying first year associates in '07. This will obviously change radically with market fluctuations, but I think it's safe to say that you can count on somewhere between 350-400 all-in in a good market for your first full year (not stub year). Big Law compensation probably does not fluctuate as widely with market conditions. This was from '06: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12112006/photos/biz037a.jpg i remember that article, and i still find the numbers very suspect I would believe the absolute lowest you can count on as a 1st year associate would be 300k all-in. Most 2nd/3rd year analysts at BBs earned in the 150-200 range in recent years. _________________ Check out the new Career Forum http://gmatclub.com/forum/133 Director Joined: 26 Jul 2007 Posts: 541 Schools: Stern, McCombs, Marshall, Wharton Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 158 [0], given: 0 Re: question about $ [#permalink]

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28 Apr 2008, 09:18
terp06 wrote:
From what I know, 275 bonus + 95 base + 40 signing/relocation = $410k is about what many BB IBs were paying first year associates in '07. This will obviously change radically with market fluctuations, but I think it's safe to say that you can count on somewhere between 350-400 all-in in a good market for your first full year (not stub year). Big Law compensation probably does not fluctuate as widely with market conditions. This was from '06: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12112006/photos/biz037a.jpg The base and signing/relocation numbers both look spot on but the$275 bonus is what's throwing me off. Why isnt this number represented in any employemnt report. For example, Wharton reports signing bonuses and year end bonuses both at $40,000. Considering just about everyone got bonuses I dont see how the median can be$40,000 when GS hired 29, MS hired 25, LB hired 18, JP hired 14 and ML hired 13. Maybe a couple people got a $200+ bonus but that seems to be rare. To me it seems the average starting salary is about$200k with a little lower for the people on the low end and upwards to around $375 for the top performers. Heck even the PE bonus median was only$86,500. Althought the base salary range reached as high as $392,000. SVP Joined: 11 Mar 2008 Posts: 1634 Location: Southern California Schools: Chicago (dinged), Tuck (November), Columbia (RD) Followers: 9 Kudos [?]: 201 [0], given: 0 Re: question about $ [#permalink]

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28 Apr 2008, 09:27
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terp06 wrote:
From what I know, 275 bonus + 95 base + 40 signing/relocation = $410k is about what many BB IBs were paying first year associates in '07. This will obviously change radically with market fluctuations, but I think it's safe to say that you can count on somewhere between 350-400 all-in in a good market for your first full year (not stub year). Big Law compensation probably does not fluctuate as widely with market conditions. This was from '06: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12112006/photos/biz037a.jpg The base and signing/relocation numbers both look spot on but the$275 bonus is what's throwing me off. Why isnt this number represented in any employemnt report. For example, Wharton reports signing bonuses and year end bonuses both at $40,000. Considering just about everyone got bonuses I dont see how the median can be$40,000 when GS hired 29, MS hired 25, LB hired 18, JP hired 14 and ML hired 13. Maybe a couple people got a $200+ bonus but that seems to be rare. To me it seems the average starting salary is about$200k with a little lower for the people on the low end and upwards to around $375 for the top performers. Heck even the PE bonus median was only$86,500. Althought the base salary range reached as high as $392,000. They only take into account guaranteed bonuses in those employment reports. Some banks and PE firms will guarantee you a bonus of$40,000 or $80,000 as an absolute minimum, but the real expectation on both parts is that the firm will outperform that and you will outperform that and earn more in the ballpark of 200-300. PE firms and Hedge Funds tend to make larger guarantees than Banks do. Sometimes this is listed as "Other Guaranteed Compensation" in employment reports - with an emphasis on Guaranteed. _________________ Check out the new Career Forum http://gmatclub.com/forum/133 Director Joined: 26 Jul 2007 Posts: 541 Schools: Stern, McCombs, Marshall, Wharton Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 158 [0], given: 0 Re: question about $ [#permalink]

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28 Apr 2008, 09:40
terp06 wrote:
They only take into account guaranteed bonuses in those employment reports. Some banks and PE firms will guarantee you a bonus of $40,000 or$80,000 as an absolute minimum, but the real expectation on both parts is that the firm will outperform that and you will outperform that and earn more in the ballpark of 200-300.

PE firms and Hedge Funds tend to make larger guarantees than Banks do. Sometimes this is listed as "Other Guaranteed Compensation" in employment reports - with an emphasis on Guaranteed.

Thanks for the clarification
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28 Apr 2008, 10:05
Here is what some prominent law firms pay to their associates in UK - http://rollonfriday.com/insideinfo_city.htm

The amounts are in pounds, so multiply them by two to get the dollar equivalents. For our comparison, look at "Salary 1 PQE".

According to my information, the partners are highly unlikely to get more than £1 mln/ year. To become a partner one needs to go through all circles of the hell. Is it worth it? In my opinion, it is better to be the lower form of life (i.e. i-banker)
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Re: question about $[#permalink] ### Show Tags 28 Apr 2008, 10:42 nick_sun wrote: Here is what some prominent law firms pay to their associates in UK - http://rollonfriday.com/insideinfo_city.htm The amounts are in pounds, so multiply them by two to get the dollar equivalents. For our comparison, look at "Salary 1 PQE". According to my information, the partners are highly unlikely to get more than £1 mln/ year. To become a partner one needs to go through all circles of the hell. Is it worth it? In my opinion, it is better to be the lower form of life (i.e. i-banker) Same deal in the US. Average Big Law Partner will cap out at around$1M. There's lots of ex-lawyers in finance.
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