Average total pay: $172,192
Associate*Best Companies rank: 21
Headquarters: Washington, DC
Starting salaries for attorneys at the highest-ranking law firm on the Best Companies to Work For list are a healthy $160,000 on average. But a spirit of giving back is prevalent:
Lawyers average 132 pro bono hours a year. 80 partners have held government positions.
The firm also is known for its diversity. More than 20% of the staff are African-American. Of 195 partners, 10% are minorities, 16% are women. Arnold & Porter is one of the few
law firms with an on-site child care center; 43 children are currently enrolled. Their recruiting practices may help: Employee referrals are the source of 8% of their new hires, and
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