Salary advice

For up to date information on London salaries in both UK and US see below.

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Magic and Silver Circle firms

PQE Range Average
NQ 85,000 –105,000* 85,000
1pqe 90,000 –110,000* 90,000
2pqe 97,000 –120,000* 105,000
3pqe 105,000 –130,000* 120,000

*These top end figures are generally inclusive of a median bonus and are not reflective of basic salary alone.

Large and mid-sized City firms

PQE Range Average
NQ 64,000 - 90,000 75,000
1pqe 71,000 - 102,000 80,000
2pqe 71,000 - 115,000 85,000
3pqe 75,000 - 127,000 90,000

Smaller City/Mid-Town/West End firms

PQE Range Average
NQ 51,000 - 70,000 60,000
1pqe 51,000 - 73,000 63,000
2pqe 55,000 - 79,000 70,000
3pqe 60,000 - 85,000 75,000

**Note that firms that have adopted merit based pay bands are much harder to categorise on a pqe table, and consequently the ranges can be quite broad.

New York

PQE Range
NQ 120,000 - 145,000*
1pqe 120,000 - 153,000*
2pqe 136,000 - 168,000*
3pqe 148,000 - 195,000*

* These figures are variable and could be less/more depending on the exchange rate at any given time.

Mid-Atlantic

PQE Range
NQ 85,000 - 120,000
1pqe 95,000 - 128,000
2pqe 105,000 - 140,000
3pqe 115,000 - 160,000

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