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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Salary & Benefits

Kirkland & Ellis pays associates of every graduating class at the top of the market. The starting salary is $160,000. All offices in the United States have the same pay scale. Kirkland & Ellis's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $2,495,000, placing the firm in the 94th percentile.

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Avg Base
Associate Chicago 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate San Francisco 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Los Angeles 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 Palo Alto 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Houston 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Boston 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Dallas 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 

Salaries Found Advertised on Jobs Posted on External Sources by BCG Attorney Search

Attorney Engagement Manager $127,000 - $331,000
Kirkland and Ellis --
New York, NY --
-- 04-26-2022


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • 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
  • On-site Child Care - Emergency
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

Some of the progressive benefits, services and programs offered to attorneys include:

Alternative Schedules: Attorneys may request an alternative work schedule to accommodate personal circumstances. This does not mean that they are cancelled off from merit-based compensation or opportunities for professional growth.
Domestic Partner Coverage: Domestic partners of Kirkland employees qualify for full medical, dental and vision insurance.
Parental and Adoption Leave: All primary caregivers are eligible for at least 16 weeks of paid parental leave - whether the child is newly born or adopted. Attorneys may also request additional unpaid leave.
Parenting Link: This program provides Kirkland attorneys, their spouses, and others practical information from parenting experts. It is a forum for parents to connect in an informal setting.

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