• In other markets, such as Boston and San Francisco, NALP shows that the median salary remained unchanged from 2010, at $145,000.
• At firms with two to 25 lawyers, median salaries range from $70,750 to $125,000 in 2012, according to NALP. The median salary that same year was $125,000 at firms with 251 to 500 attorneys.
• In the public interest field, the median pay for first-year attorneys in an issue-driven public interest organization is $45,000, according to the NALP's most recent study — the NALP 2012 "Public Sector and Public Interest Attorney Salary Report." For public defenders, the median entry-level salary is $50,500.
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Corrected 03/28/13: A previous version of this article misstated the year in which the median salary for Chicago firms increased.