Average total pay: $180,050For: Associate*
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This Boston-based law firm has tripled in size in the past five years through a series of mergers, the latest being last March's acquisition of D.C. firm Swidler Berlin, which brought the company up to 950 lawyers in total. Women hold 23 percent of partner seats here, believed to be the highest amount among the nation's leading law firms.
Bingham McCutchen offers a generous retirement plan for staff, making an annual contribution of 7 percent of pay up to $70,000, plus another 5 percent of pay over $70,000 (up to IRS limits).
*Most common salaried job
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