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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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Salary & Benefits

The firm pays its associates market salaries based on a lockstep scale. Gibson Dunn's starting salary ranges from $145,000 to $160,000, depending on the office. Gibson Dunn's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $1,910,000, placing the firm in the 83rd percentile.

Lateral link members report that the firm is a follower with respect to bonuses, which are individualized within each class, and based on hours, quality of work, pro bono, and overall contribution.

The firm sets a target of 1,950 hours for associates to earn bonuses in line with the New York market. Those who clock more hours can earn above the New York bonus. Associates typically need to bill at least 1,600 to receive any bonus.

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


  • 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 Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • On-site Child Care - Emergency
  • Parental Leave
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)

Benefits Package:

Benefits at the firm include annual retreats, occasional catered lunches, free dinners after working a certain number of hours, an annual client development budget of $1,000 for all associates, an annual book allowance, and backup childcare. Some offices, including the Los Angeles and London offices, have a subsidized cafeteria on-site. Associates receive their own office in their first year. New associates who come directly from law school receive a starting stipend of $13,333, as well as all bar exam related expenses and relocation benefits, including direct billing with preferred movers. Associates in the New York office can also request an interest free advance, which they must repay in the first six months of work. Gibson also provides a 24/7-concierge service to assist its attorneys.

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