Paul L. Caron

Friday, October 2, 2020

Male Partner Pay Grew At Twice The Rate Of Female Partner Pay In Last 10 Years

American Lawyer, Male Partner Compensation Grew at Nearly Twice the Rate of Female Partner Comp in Last 10 Years:

Male equity partners in major law firms saw an increase of 42% in their overall compensation over the past decade, while female equity partners saw 22% growth, the biennial study on partner compensation by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa found in its latest results.

Non-equity partners stayed relatively flat at 10% growth, according to the study.

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The survey, conducted every two years by the recruiting firm and its data and legal research partner Acritas, cemented what many have been noticing through anecdotal evidence: male equity partners get a lot of money, females equity partners less and non-equity partners are being left behind in general.

The average overall partner compensation increased by 38%, which, given the significantly lower growth percentage of female partners, illustrates not just a pay disparity but a lack of female partners.

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An actual controlled experiment would have followed *the same* male and female partners over the 10-year period. Then you could accurately say whether the same male partners doubled their salaries relative to the same female partners, and more importantly why that happened.

As it stands, this sort of thing is essentially no different, and equally useless, as gross male-to-female wage differences. They don't control for age or experience, either.

Posted by: MM Classic | Oct 2, 2020 7:10:08 PM

Maybe they worked harder?

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Oct 7, 2020 5:15:58 PM