April 13, 2015 | Volume XXIII, Issue 13

Career Services: More Than 90 percent of Class of 2006 Employed at National Median Salary of $62,000

Published: October 29th, 2007

Category: News

The National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) publication, Jobs & JD’s, Class of 2006 analyzed employment data submitted for almost 44,000 law school graduates six to nine months following their graduation from 195 ABA-Accredited Law Schools between Aug. 31, 2005 and Sept. 1, 2006. This invaluable resource shows that 90.7% of the Class of 2006 was employed as of Feb. 15, 2007, while UF Law’s NALP employment rate was 91.7 percent. The employment status by region and state of the law school shows that of the 2,195 law students who graduated in Florida, 87.6 percent were employed.

The report also shows that Florida ranked first in terms of the number of entry-level legal positions gained within state government. Not surprisingly, Washington, D.C. ranked highest of the geographic areas with the largest number of graduates being employed at the federal level.

A look at the employed graduates by salary reveals that the national median salary for all types of jobs was $62,000. While UF Law was higher than the national median for all types of jobs, at $66,291, it was lower in its largest employer type. UF graduates employed in private practice constituted 56% of those employed and they reported a median salary of $80,000. This difference is attributable to the size of the law firm as can be seen below. Florida has fewer of the large law firms and UF Law has fewer graduates at the largest of law firms.

The statistics showing the type of employer and salary by type of employer for the class of 2006, reveals that:

(%)    Type of employer    National median salary   
55.8%    private practice    $95,000   
14.2%    business and industry    $65,000   
11.7%    government or military    $48,000   
9.8%    judicial clerkships    $46,450   
5.4%    public interest    $40,000   
1.7%    academic jobs    $45,000   

Of those graduates employed in private practice, the salaries vary vastly depending upon the size of the firm as demonstrated below.

Number of lawyers    % of law firm employers by size    National median salary   
2-10    17.8    $50,000   
11-25    5.4    $62,000   
26-50    3.6    $73,000   
51-100    3.1    $85,000   
101-250    4.7    $105,000   
251-500    4.7    $125,000   
500+    11.0    $135,000   

An additional list is the mean starting salaries by city for law firm jobs taken by recent graduates in Florida including:

Starting Salary    City   
$90,167    Naples   
$85,599    Miami   
$83,240    West Palm Beach   
$77,757    Tampa   
$75,000    Coral Gables   
$70,320    Jacksonville   
$69,493    Orlando   
$68,333    Boca Raton   
$67,482    Fort Lauderdale   
$67,250    Sarasota   
$66,500    St. Petersburg   
$63,545    Tallahassee   
$63,173    Hollywood   
$62,000    Clearwater   
$60,833    Pensacola   
$57,800    Daytona Beach   
$56,600    Ocala   
$55,000    Plantation   
$54,400    Coral Springs   
$54,000    Lakeland   

The mean entry-level salary for Atlanta firms was $100,075 and for Washington, D.C. $125, 442. Stop by the CCS to review Jobs & JD’s, Class of 2006 or for assistance with formulating your job search strategy.

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