In 2016, perhaps the biggest story of the year for the legal industry was the associate salary raises—from $160,000 to $180,000 for the most junior associates—that was adopted by many of the largest U.S. law firms. The questions persist: How have these raises affected the bottom line for law firms, and will they transfer to the client?

Aric Press recently wrote for Big Law Business that, according to a running tally over at Above the Law, 116 law firms, 100 of which are among the largest 200 in the United States or largest 100 in the world, gave associate salary raises of roughly $20,000 per head.

While Ballard Spahr didn't match the raise to $180K, there may be some firms out there that did, despite warnings signs not to.

If you do the back of the envelope math, you can drill into the numbers that Press used to obtain his $11.6 million figure to determine any firm's "average" costs.

Depending on the associate-to-equity partner ratio at the firm, those numbers will change a bit but Press has provided at least one way to think about the impact of this associate salary raise on the average Big Law firm.

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