Schools can provide salary information for any job classification, but usually only provide it for graduates reporting a salary for long-term, full-time jobs in the following categories:
Job Type by Employer Type
Splits graduate salaries into two categories: those employed (and reporting a salary) in the state where the law school is located and those employed (and reporting a salary) in other states/countries.
Splits graduate salaries into two categories: those employed (and reporting salary) in the private sector and those employed (and reporting a salary) in the public sector. The private sector includes jobs at law firms and in business & industry. The public sector includes jobs in education, public interest, government, and judicial chambers (clerkships).
Key Statistical Terms
A quartile is the result of spliting a populaion into four equal groups. The 50th percentile, or median, is the middle point between the smallest and highest value in a population. The 25th percentile is the middle point between the smallest value and the median value. The 75th percentile uses the same calculation, but with the highest value. The interquartile range is the range between the 25th and 75th percentile (inclusive). A median is a type of average; another common average is the mean.
Median Salary (via the federal government)
The middle amount earned by graduates who borrowed for law school, regardless of the type or number of jobs worked. Earnings data come from the U.S. Department of Education, which obtains data from the Department of the Treasury. The underlying dataset reflects actual earnings in the first full calendar year after graduation, e.g. the earnings were from 2017 for 2016 graduates.
This measures something different from other salaries that appear on this site. Those salaries come from schools according to NALP's process, which measures the annual salary of a graduate 10 months after graduation (on March 15) and reports only on long-term, full-time jobs. A graduate who started their job on March 1, 2017 would report their starting salary (for example, $60,000) to NALP. If they held the job for the remainder of the calendar year, they would have earned $50,000 from that job in 2017. But if they made $4,000 from part-time work in January and February, they would report $54,000 of income to the IRS.
Helps you peer underneath the average salaries and see how different graduates fare in greater detail. Pay attention to non-responses. The greater the percentage reporting, the more reliable the salary information will be. Keep in mind that salaries differ primarily by geography and employer type. Differences in salaries between schools generally reflect differences in job/geographic placement. Not all schools have access to the same jobs or locations.
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Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law
Graduate Salaries for Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law
This school has disclosed recent salary data (Class of 2017), but not for the most recent year of available data (Class of 2018).
Total 2017 graduates: 114
73.7% of this school's 2017 graduates were employed and reported a salary.
We know that at least 36.8% of this school's 2017 graduates made $58,600 or more.
Median salary: $54,867
This is the most recent median salary for graduates who borrowed, reported in 2020 about graduates from 2016 and 2017. This average is derived from actual tax returns in the year following graduation and mapped to J.D. programs by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of the Treasury. Learn more.
Additionally, the majority of law schools voluntarily publish salary information about graduates based upon student/graduate surveys, investigation, and public information. This salary information is on this page.
Salary distribution for 2017 graduates
# of grads
% of class
Employed - salary reported
Employed - No salary reported
Salary distribution by job sector for 2017 graduates
# of grads
% of class
Private sector - salary reported
Private sector - no salary reported
Public sector - salary reported
Public sector - no salary reported
Additional salary data
Note When a row has no salary data, indicated by a "-" (hyphen), it either means that no graduates reported a salary for the category or that fewer than five graduates reported a salary for the category.