Average total pay: $178,016For: Associate Attorney*
Best Companies rank: 66
Propelled by a series of mergers, Nixon Peabody has achieved its goal of becoming a leading national law firm, with 700 attorneys working in 16 offices. The firm's key principles include pledges to offer professional development for its entire staff and to share financial success with everyone, not just the attorneys.
Pay and benefits have been beefed up substantially in the past three years, and are still improving. One new extra: In 2008 the firm will introduce a scholarship program for children of employees.
Nixon Peabody also reviews its compensation policies annually, considering market adjustments according to each office's geographic location. The firm aims to be in the 70th percentile of the market.
Last updated January 22 2008: 3:23 PM ET