Covington & Burling LLP. Salary and Benefits |

Covington & Burling LLP.

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Salary & Benefits

Salaries and benefits for associates and summer associates are fully competitive with those of its peer firms. Covington & Burling is keenly aware of the need to support associates seeking to balance a professional career with family responsibilities.

2012 compensation for entry level lawyers is $160,000 per year whereas 2012 Summer Compensation is $3080 per week. Other compensation includes clerkship and annual discretionary bonuses competitive with other Washington firms; payment of moving expenses, bar review and admission expenses; DC, MD, VA bar dues.

The factors that are used to determine the amount of an associate's bonus include, hours billed, quality of work, pro bono hours, business development, overall contribution.

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Avg Base
Associate San Francisco 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Washington 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Los Angeles 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Palo Alto 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 

Salary Information from Survey of Current Attorneys by BCG Attorney Search

Law Firm
Washington, DC
Salary + Bonus
$100,001- $125,000
$20,001- $25,000
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California - San Francisco
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  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Profit Sharing
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

In addition, the firm reimburses associates who have reasonable moving expenses, along with other expenses such as bar application, examination and one bar study course. Furthermore, Federal judicial clerks are eligible for a $50,000 clerkship bonus. Other benefits as declared by the firm are as below:

Vacation: 3 weeks per year
Medical: Group Health Insurance
Health Insurance Coverage: OAMC/Out of Network plan. The firm pays 100 percent of the employee monthly premium.
401(k): Eligible to participate in firm 401(k) plan after 6 months employment.
Profit Sharing: Eligible to participate in profit sharing plan after 3 months employment. Firm contribution is a fixed percentage contingent upon the firm's profitability and is fully vested upon funding.
Life Insurance: Paid by firm.
Long-term Disability: Paid by firm.
State Bar Dues: Only one annual bar dues is paid-in the state where the attorney is officed.
Maternity/Primary Caregiver Leave: 4 months of paid leave for attorneys who have been full-time employees for at least 12 months and who are the primary caregiver for a new born or newly adopted child.
Laptops: Firm provides a fixed stipend that associates can use to purchase laptop computers and Blackberries.

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