How satisfied are you with your financial remuneration?

FirmScore (/100)
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 96.6
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 93.7
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 92.8
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 92.8
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 91.8
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 91.7
Sidley Austin LLP 91.5
Osborne Clarke LLP 90.3
Paul Hastings LLP 89.8
White & Case LLP 89.7
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP 88.0
Jones Day 88.0
Vinson & Elkins RLLP 87.4
Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP 86.9
Shearman & Sterling LLP 86.8
O’Melveny 86.7
Cooley (UK) LLP 86.0
Watson Farley & Williams 85.2
Latham & Watkins 85.1
Travers Smith LLP 84.7

It’s not all about the money, but a good salary does make for a nice sweetener at the end of a long day, night (or weekend!) working. Whilst excellent remuneration shouldn’t be your main driver when choosing a firm at which to train, it will inevitably play a part in your decision. These Lex 100 winner firms demonstrate to their trainees just how much they are valued by compensating them handsomely for their hard work, and, unsurprisingly, the majority of the firms are US. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy enticed trainees with its ‘good pay’ whilst recruits at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld felt grateful that they are ‘very well remunerated’. The ‘excellent pay’ at Kirkland & Ellis was cited by most trainees as informing their decision to join the firm, likewise the ‘fantastic compensation’ at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. The remuneration at Debevoise & Plimpton is ‘the best in the City’ according to its current trainees, whilst White & Case trainees were also more than happy with their take-home wages and were especially looking forward to the ‘brilliant NQ salary’. ‘We are very well paid’ said one Jones Day trainee; a sentiment echoed by recruits at Osborne Clarke. Vinson & Elkins and Morrison & Foerster trainees were happy to point out that they are ‘better paid’ than recruits at other outfits, which played a part in maintaining loyalty to their firms.