How satisfied are you with your financial remuneration?

FirmScore (/100)

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

96.4

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

95.2
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 94.0
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 93.1
Paul Hastings LLP

92.0

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 90.5
Sidley Austin LLP

90.4

Latham & Watkins 89.9
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 89.1
O’Melveny

88.2

Bristows LLP 88.1
Osborne Clarke LLP 87.6
Stewarts Law LLP 86.6
Watson Farley & Williams 86.3
Baker McKenzie 86.2
Travers Smith LLP 86.2
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

85.9

White & Case LLP

85.2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 85.2
Covington & Burling LLP

85.1

Whilst it’s not all about the money, there’s no getting away from the fact that a good salary is an enticing element of a training contract.

A good financial reward can at least partially offset long hours, late nights and weekends in the office, and US firms dominate the rankings here.

Moreover, with the rising cost of university fees, it’s reassuring to know that you will be able to make a dent in your student loan repayments. These leading firms impressed trainees with their remuneration levels.

The ‘financial benefits’ and ‘generous salary’ at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy does not go unappreciated.

Likewise, the ‘good pay’ at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom helps to compensate for late finishes.

The remuneration ‘helps to make up for the unpredictable hours’ at Sullivan & Cromwell and for the ‘24/7 expectation of availability’ at Kirkland & Ellis.

Paul Hastings and Sidley Austin also scored highly in this category, with the remuneration making up for occasional ‘3am finishes’.

Latham & Watkins trainees also appreciate being well-paid, as this is a sweetener for hours which ‘can be brutal’.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s trainee salary is ‘one of the best in the City’ and keeps trainees content, and the salary at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a trade-off for ‘having to cancel social engagements’.

O’Melveny’s salary is applauded and helps to incentivise trainees to get through tougher periods, such as when they have ‘too many things to do in a short space of time’.