Salary Survey


Since 1989, the Golden Gate chapter has annually produced a local salary and benefits survey.

The survey reports associate and staff salary and benefits information.

Salaries for associate classes are reported by year from current graduates to those with more than 10 years experience.

Position descriptions for management and staff positions are included with salary data.

Benefits information includes paid time off/vacation (broken down by staff, management and attorneys), percent of insurance benefits paid by firm and holidays. 

Results are broken down by number of attorneys in firm, 1-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, 101-150 and Over 150.

Statistics are reported for the entire Bay Area, in addition to separate regional reports for San Francisco, South Bay and East Bay.

Survey data collection is on-line with drop down menus, copy functions and the ability to complete an excel spreadsheet form and import the data.

The survey company of RSM compiles the confidential online information.

Substantial discounts on the purchase price apply for survey participants.  Early purchasing offers provide additional discounts. First-time purchasers also receive a discount.  

Over 71 law firms, representing 89 offices and over 5000 incumbents in the Bay Area, participated in the survey in 2019. Note:  The 2019 Salary Survey results published in September 2019 are still available for puchase.  To purchase, click on the appropriate catalog below and select the appropriate number of attorneys in your Bay Area Firm.

Participate in the 2020 Salary Survey and save by clicking on the 2020 catalog below.  Data collection starts in July and results are released in September.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Koehne, Survey Chair.


2019 ALA Golden Gate Chapter Salary Survey - Non-Participants

We encourage all firms to participate in the ALA Golden Gate Chapter Salary Survey.  But even if your firm chooses not to participate, you may purchase the results. Data is collected as of July 1 and results are released in September. To purchase, click on the catalog below and select the appropriate number of attorneys in your Bay Area Firm.

Those firms not participating but ordering for the first time receive a 10% discount.