Women attorneys frustrated compensation gap still wide

November 2, 2016 By Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Lawyer

For the most part, women leaders in Indiana’s legal profession are not surprised that female attorneys earn less than their male counterparts. What does shock them is how much less they are making.

The 2016 Partner Compensation Survey by Major Lindsey & Africa found that, on average, male partners at law firms across the country earn $949,000 in compensation as compared to the $659,000 female partners earn on average. This creates a compensation gap of 44 percent.

“I’m not surprised there is a gap but I am surprised it is still that significant,” said Melissa Proffitt, managing partner of the Ice Miller LLP Indianapolis office.

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