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How much do you expect when you get a raise?

The office manager said the associates are getting raises in attorneyinct03/16/17
Did the firm have a good year? I went up 15% after year 1, b agentdalecooper03/16/17
Based on partners' general comments, the firm had an okay ye attorneyinct03/16/17
Did you ask for it or did they just tell you of raise at ann shikes03/16/17
there's too little information here. How much do you curr dingbat03/16/17
As much as possible. isthisit03/16/17
15% has been my biggest raise in my career. In my experience barelylegal03/16/17
I've literally had my base salary tripled once, but to be fa dingbat03/16/17
I would love to have that kind of salary history. I think my barelylegal03/17/17
You only truly learn your pay ceiling at a firm during raise agentdalecooper03/16/17
Let's put it this way. When I got my bonus, it discouraged m parlance03/16/17
Really need the answers to Dingbat's questions and also woul notiers03/17/17
My raise last year was 15%. I expect between 10-15% this yea bucwild03/17/17
attorneyinct (Mar 16, 2017 - 5:57 pm)

The office manager said the associates are getting raises in March or April. What's a reasonable raise and what was your biggest raise?

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agentdalecooper (Mar 16, 2017 - 6:03 pm)

Did the firm have a good year? I went up 15% after year 1, bad year for the firm in 2016 so no raise, jumped ship now for about a 20% raise.

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attorneyinct (Mar 16, 2017 - 6:05 pm)

Based on partners' general comments, the firm had an okay year. We had a few new hires this year and hours overall tanked because of training and general slowness of new employees (I wasn't one of them).

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shikes (Mar 16, 2017 - 9:36 pm)

Did you ask for it or did they just tell you of raise at annual review?

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dingbat (Mar 16, 2017 - 6:14 pm)

there's too little information here.

How much do you currently make?
What year are you?
Did you bring in business?
Size of firm?

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isthisit (Mar 16, 2017 - 7:29 pm)

As much as possible.

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barelylegal (Mar 16, 2017 - 9:26 pm)

15% has been my biggest raise in my career. In my experience no matter what you get, it never feels like enough.

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dingbat (Mar 16, 2017 - 10:13 pm)

I've literally had my base salary tripled once, but to be fair I was making chump change to start. The following year my salary nearly doubled

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barelylegal (Mar 17, 2017 - 7:42 am)

I would love to have that kind of salary history. I think my problem is that I am in-house and it is really easy to top out salary rise. The best way to get a raise is to either get promoted or leave for a new opportunity.

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agentdalecooper (Mar 16, 2017 - 10:16 pm)

You only truly learn your pay ceiling at a firm during raise season at quite a few firms. At some firms you get a great raise to start and that is it. If you bring in all your own clients its a different story.

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parlance (Mar 16, 2017 - 11:30 pm)

Let's put it this way. When I got my bonus, it discouraged me from asking for a raise.

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notiers (Mar 17, 2017 - 6:56 am)

Really need the answers to Dingbat's questions and also would be helpful to know the general practice areas you focus on (and the firm - if different) and your average billable rate and approximate number of hours billed over the last year.

If you're billing out ID work at $145 an hour, the raise should be smaller than if you're billing out private client work at $425 per hour and knocking back 1900 hours.

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bucwild (Mar 17, 2017 - 7:47 am)

My raise last year was 15%. I expect between 10-15% this year.

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