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Total compensation for in-house lawyers in management jumped by 8% to 14% this year, and by 4.5% to 23% for nonmanagement lawyers, according to a new survey by law firm consultancy Altman Weil Inc. “These increases, even after adjusting them for inflation, were very solid,” said Altman principal James Wilber. For chief legal officers, salaries rose by 5.8% to a median $300,000 in 2007, while bonus dollars spiked 43% to $157,400. Division general counsel collected a 10.2% salary increase for a median of $232,000, plus a median $104,600 bonus. Specialized nonmanagement attorneys captured the highest salary increases. Salaries for staff attorneys with at least one year of experience jumped by 23%, while recent grads are collecting 10.8% more, with a median salary of $70,600 and a $4,000 bonus. Altman’s Law Department Compensation Benchmarking Survey, 2007 edition, includes data from 343 law departments with 8,148 lawyers and 72 one-lawyer departments.

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