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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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Salary & Benefits

The firm offers a competitive salary that is based on a set, lock-step scale. Entry Level lawyers at the firm receive a top notch benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year. In 2012, the summer associate salary was US$3,077 per week.

The firm awards merit- and hours-based bonuses; bonus amounts vary from year to year and by class year. It also pays for bar review/bar exam fees for laterals and offers a bar stipend for law students. Moreover, it provides salary credit for Ph.D.'s to associates in IP Counseling & Patents pursuant to its policy. It also offers a judicial clerk bonus, salary credit, and partnership credit for judicial clerks joining the firm from a U.S. federal court, including the Federal Circuit, or the highest state court.

In addition to a competitive annual base salary, merit bonuses are awarded at year-end to recognize the individual contributions and performance of attorneys, as well as reflect the firm's financial performance.

The firm also gives bonuses to all eligible associates. Bonus are determined on the basis of hours billed, quality of work, pro bono hours and business development and the associate's overall contribution to recruitment activities and firm committees.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has maintained a basic compensation philosophy: reward attorneys based on merit and performance. The firm's objective is to deliver a merit-based compensation program that is competitive with the law firms market and rewards the firm's top performers with the highest pay, and share in the firm's success.

In addition to a competitive annual base salary, merit bonuses are awarded at year-end to recognize the individual contributions and performance of attorneys, as well as reflect the firm's financial performance.

To encourage retention and commitment to their clients' success, the firm takes a position in an annual investment fund tied to client activities, and the proceeds from any gains distributed are awarded as bonuses to attorneys who were on board at the time of the initial investment.

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Avg Base
Associate San Diego 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Seattle 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 San Francisco 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Palo Alto 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Austin 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Los Angeles 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Wilmington 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate Boston 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 Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

Medical, dental, vision, supplemental life insurance, and long term care is available for employees and eligible dependents including domestic partner. Life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, disability, employee assistance program, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) including Roth, pre-tax transportation program, work/life referral services, pregnancy disability/family care leaves. 3 weeks vacation, relocation, CLE, bar review/fees/dues, WS Investments, back-up childcare (center and in-home)

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