How will you get candidates to choose you?

With unemployment rates expected to remain unbelievably low in 2019, there are few active job seekers to attract. The candidate you are trying to recruit is probably currently working somewhere else.

Recruiters aren’t even relying solely on job postings any more – they are relying on methods like LinkedIn, resume databases, referrals, and networking events to tap on the shoulder of the currently employed and introduce them to an enticing career move or a better work culture.

Salary Data

We place thousands of candidates in legal positions for hundreds of law firms and corporate legal departments in a variety of practices and industries. We’ve compiled definitive compensation data, based on our actual placements.

We compare our own internal research against metropolitan statistical area research, Bureau of Labor Statistics analytics, and pay rate data compiled from more than 50 online job boards. We often make adjustments based on this research to fine tune the salary range that we publish – but our own placements with business clients serve as the foundation.

We then send all of our finalized salary research to our recruiters in every branch across the U.S. (the recruiters who interview and hire for our business clients each day) and seek their final review and input “from the ground level” prior to publication.

Salary Trends

  • Unemployment reached an 49-year low in September 2018, marking a talent shortage that will extend well into the coming year.
  • Employees are becoming aware of the monetary benefits of job hopping. With the ease of online job browsing, many of them are keeping an eye out for better paying roles.
  • The number of candidates actively or casually browsing new opportunities has been on a steady upward slope.
  • Companies are increasing their benefits, perks, and flexibility options (e.g., flex schedules, remote work, and unlimited PTO) in an effort to retain and attract top talent.
  • Twenty states and Washington D.C. will see a minimum wage increase during 2019.

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Salary Data for 2019

Consider this Salary Guide a basic overview of the average salary ranges in your market for each listed position. What we look forward to the most is providing you more detailed data for your specific position openings.

We know that the better informed you are, the more competitive you can be in today’s tight candidate market. We have access to extensive salary and employment research (too much data to simplify into columns within a Salary Guide publication).

Our goal is to sit down with you and review this basic overview and then learn more details about the positions you’ll be filling in 2019 along with positions where you need to retain your best employees. We can then return with more detailed salary and employment statistics specific to your company size and market. Salaries and pay ranges are increasing in 2019 across most skill categories and industries – more than we’ve seen in the past several years.

You want to ensure your offerings are competitive when attracting candidates, but if you’re like most managers, your primary concern is getting current employees aligned with today’s market rates. We look forward to helping you accomplish this goal.

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The Candidate Experience

Salary and benefits remain the top reasons why job seekers accept or reject an offer. The candidate experience includes everything a job seeker encounters:

  • A compelling job post

  • Positive employee reviews

  • Strong employer brand

  • Convenient application

  • Streamlined interview process

  • Communication and transparency

Did you know?

83%

83% of job seekers research company reviews and ratings before applying for a job (Glassdoor)

60%

60% of applicants have quit an online application because of the length or complexity (CareerBuilder)

80%

80% describe the online job search and applications as stressful (Jibe)

40%

40% of hiring managers admit to not having tested their own application process! (CareerBuilder)

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National Overview

Southern California: Small Firms

Southern California Region

Westside L.A.

Downtown L.A.

L.A. Valley

Long Beach

Inland Empire

Orange County

San Diego

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 41,800 - 63,550
  • 42,435 - 58,528
  • 41,205 - 53,300
  • 41,103 - 50,533
  • 41,051 - 49,405
  • 41,750 - 51,968
  • 41,923 - 56,580
  • Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 57,400 - 73,288
  • 54,633 - 69,803
  • 47,663 - 64,063
  • 45,203 - 60,680
  • 44,178 - 59,655
  • 50,123 - 67,343
  • 52,788 - 67,445
  • Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 65,015 - 88,560
  • 63,050 - 85,075
  • 60,270 - 80,668
  • 57,195 - 76,465
  • 55,863 - 74,825
  • 62,935 - 84,768
  • 62,833 - 82,205
  • Paralegal (8+ yrs)
  • 75,400 - 112,750
  • 75,300 - 107,215
  • 70,418 - 94,710
  • 66,728 - 89,893
  • 65,293 - 87,945
  • 74,005 - 99,630
  • 75,133 - 103,525
  • Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 42,538 - 59,143
  • 42,076 - 56,375
  • 41,103 - 49,303
  • 41,000 - 46,330
  • 41,000 - 45,408
  • 41,615 - 56,068
  • 41,690 - 54,428
  • Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 52,275 - 71,238
  • 50,200 - 67,855
  • 47,355 - 60,168
  • 44,895 - 56,375
  • 43,870 - 55,658
  • 49,815 - 63,550
  • 50,123 - 65,498
  • Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 62,350 - 82,000
  • 62,200 - 77,900
  • 59,245 - 72,160
  • 56,170 - 68,470
  • 54,940 - 66,933
  • 62,320 - 75,953
  • 62,250 - 75,235
  • Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
  • 70,650 - 94,608
  • 70,400 - 89,995
  • 65,908 - 83,538
  • 62,525 - 79,233
  • 61,193 - 77,490
  • 69,290 - 87,843
  • 70,623 - 86,920
  • Administrator/Office Manager
  • 76,363 - 127,715
  • 69,393 - 121,565
  • 67,855 - 110,188
  • 64,268 - 104,448
  • 62,935 - 102,193
  • 71,033 - 115,825
  • 71,135 - 117,363
  • Litigation Support Manager
  • 82,350 - 122,693
  • 85,280 - 118,798
  • 78,720 - 95,633
  • 74,723 - 90,713
  • 73,083 - 88,765
  • 82,308 - 100,553
  • 82,820 - 114,698
  • Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 68,163 - 142,578
  • 64,575 - 135,608
  • 59,553 - 121,975
  • 56,478 - 115,723
  • 55,248 - 113,160
  • 62,628 - 128,330
  • 63,448 - 130,893
  • Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 144,218 - 176,608
  • 137,350 - 167,998
  • 124,640 - 149,548
  • 118,285 - 141,860
  • 115,723 - 138,785
  • 131,098 - 157,235
  • 132,635 - 162,258

Southern California: In-House Firms

Southern California Region

Westside L.A.

Downtown L.A.

L.A. Valley

Long Beach

Inland Empire

Orange County

San Diego

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • In-House Paralegal
  • 72,775 - 125,000
  • 55,555 - 125,000
  • 51,558 - 68,983
  • 49,098 - 65,600
  • 48,073 - 64,268
  • 53,608 - 71,033
  • 54,120 - 72,365
  • In-House Legal Secretary
  • 58,220 - 90,020
  • 54,940 - 90,012
  • 47,970 - 60,885
  • 45,408 - 57,708
  • 44,485 - 56,478
  • 50,430 - 63,960
  • 53,198 - 68,470
  • Contracts Administrator
  • 72,775 - 150,015
  • 67,958 - 125,000
  • 49,815 - 64,575
  • 47,253 - 61,654
  • 46,228 - 61,551
  • 52,378 - 69,751
  • 55,760 - 76,926
  • In-House Attorney
  • 138,683 - 300,000
  • 125,000 - 192,905
  • 127,613 - 174,763
  • 120,950 - 165,743
  • 118,388 - 162,155
  • 133,148 - 183,783
  • 133,968 - 186,243

Southern California: Mid/Large Firms

Southern California Region

Westside L.A.

Downtown L.A.

L.A. Valley

Long Beach

Inland Empire

Orange County

San Diego

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • Paralegal (Entry-level ABA)
  • 40,320 - 57,810
  • 40,300 - 56,170
  • 40,005 - 49,713
  • 40,020 - 50,635
  • 40,000 - 46,125
  • 40,150 - 52,275
  • 40,175 - 54,223
  • Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 45,020 - 66,318
  • 44,700 - 65,088
  • 41,513 - 53,710
  • 41,308 - 50,943
  • 41,051 - 49,815
  • 41,308 - 64,575
  • 44,690 - 62,833
  • Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 62,833 - 75,543
  • 60,015 - 73,595
  • 51,353 - 63,755
  • 48,790 - 60,475
  • 47,663 - 59,143
  • 54,018 - 67,035
  • 59,963 - 72,160
  • Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 77,490 - 99,118
  • 75,050 - 97,273
  • 56,580 - 81,180
  • 53,608 - 72,160
  • 52,480 - 70,623
  • 67,035 - 79,950
  • 71,135 - 93,890
  • Paralegal (8+ yrs)
  • 88,560 - 120,745
  • 81,500 - 119,105
  • 73,390 - 92,353
  • 69,598 - 87,638
  • 68,060 - 85,690
  • 77,183 - 97,170
  • 81,385 - 115,005
  • Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 42,743 - 60,270
  • 42,435 - 58,220
  • 41,103 - 53,403
  • 41,051 - 47,560
  • 41,000 - 49,508
  • 41,205 - 56,170
  • 42,025 - 56,273
  • Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 57,093 - 78,413
  • 53,550 - 74,723
  • 49,303 - 62,525
  • 46,740 - 59,348
  • 45,715 - 58,015
  • 51,865 - 65,805
  • 53,813 - 71,033
  • Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 64,750 - 93,480
  • 64,200 - 88,970
  • 63,755 - 76,158
  • 60,475 - 77,183
  • 59,143 - 75,440
  • 64,575 - 85,485
  • 64,600 - 85,895
  • Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
  • 75,550 - 97,170
  • 75,100 - 94,915
  • 71,750 - 88,970
  • 68,675 - 84,358
  • 66,625 - 82,615
  • 75,500 - 91,635
  • 75,553 - 93,788
  • Administrator/Office Manager
  • 88,663 - 181,733
  • 87,843 - 178,863
  • 78,105 - 148,318
  • 74,108 - 140,733
  • 72,468 - 137,658
  • 82,205 - 156,005
  • 84,768 - 172,713
  • Paralegal Manager
  • 92,045 - 139,810
  • 91,020 - 133,045
  • 76,055 - 109,573
  • 72,160 - 103,935
  • 70,623 - 101,680
  • 79,950 - 115,210
  • 87,945 - 128,433
  • Secretarial Mgr./Supervisor
  • 81,078 - 126,690
  • 80,053 - 110,700
  • 65,703 - 98,093
  • 62,320 - 93,070
  • 60,988 - 91,020
  • 69,085 - 103,218
  • 77,285 - 106,908
  • Records Managers
  • 71,955 - 102,705
  • 67,343 - 99,528
  • 56,170 - 89,278
  • 53,300 - 84,665
  • 52,173 - 82,820
  • 59,040 - 93,890
  • 64,985 - 96,145
  • Legal Biller
  • 36,080 - 70,000
  • 34,850 - 65,000
  • 31,570 - 44,793
  • 30,033 - 42,640
  • 29,315 - 41,718
  • 33,210 - 51,353
  • 33,825 - 52,173
  • Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 128,638 - 191,778
  • 127,408 - 192,700
  • 107,728 - 142,885
  • 102,193 - 135,505
  • 100,040 - 132,533
  • 113,365 - 150,265
  • 123,103 - 186,038
  • Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 160,003 - 253,790
  • 168,613 - 250,920
  • 120,950 - 187,370
  • 114,800 - 177,735
  • 112,238 - 173,943
  • 127,203 - 197,108
  • 162,873 - 242,310

Northern California: Small Firms

Northern California Region

San Francisco

Peninsula

North Bay

South Bay

East Bay

Sacramento

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 47,253 - 68,368
  • 47,970 - 69,393
  • 42,743 - 61,808
  • 44,998 - 65,088
  • 45,920 - 66,420
  • 40,025 - 55,145
  • Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 69,290 - 85,793
  • 70,315 - 83,538
  • 62,525 - 77,490
  • 65,908 - 78,310
  • 67,240 - 83,333
  • 54,375 - 69,188
  • Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 91,738 - 101,885
  • 93,070 - 103,320
  • 82,820 - 91,943
  • 87,330 - 96,965
  • 89,073 - 98,913
  • 72,075 - 82,103
  • Paralegal (8+ yrs)
  • 99,015 - 152,213
  • 100,450 - 154,468
  • 89,380 - 137,453
  • 94,198 - 144,833
  • 96,145 - 147,805
  • 77,875 - 91,000
  • Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 43,460 - 67,650
  • 44,178 - 68,675
  • 41,103 - 61,090
  • 41,410 - 64,370
  • 42,230 - 65,703
  • 39,975 - 54,530
  • Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 64,780 - 82,205
  • 65,805 - 83,025
  • 58,528 - 74,313
  • 61,705 - 81,693
  • 62,935 - 79,950
  • 50,975 - 65,908
  • Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 78,925 - 102,500
  • 80,155 - 107,625
  • 71,340 - 88,253
  • 75,133 - 92,968
  • 76,670 - 94,915
  • 62,075 - 78,823
  • Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
  • 84,255 - 102,500
  • 85,485 - 107,625
  • 76,055 - 91,123
  • 80,155 - 96,043
  • 81,795 - 97,990
  • 66,175 - 81,283
  • Administrator/Office Manager
  • 97,375 - 148,113
  • 97,580 - 150,265
  • 82,103 - 133,763
  • 87,176 - 140,938
  • 87,228 - 143,808
  • 68,000 - 89,000
  • Litigation Support Manager
  • 111,418 - 122,693
  • 112,955 - 124,435
  • 100,553 - 110,803
  • 105,985 - 116,748
  • 108,138 - 119,105
  • 70,000 - 93,000
  • Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 120,438 - 172,405
  • 122,180 - 174,865
  • 108,753 - 155,698
  • 114,595 - 164,000
  • 116,953 - 167,383
  • 85,000 - 110,000
  • Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 168,613 - 227,448
  • 171,073 - 230,728
  • 152,213 - 205,308
  • 160,413 - 216,378
  • 163,693 - 220,785
  • 110,000 - 150,000

Northern California: In-House Firms

Northern California Region

Bay Area

Sacramento

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • In-House Paralegal
  • 80,360 - 150,675
  • 66,375 - 91,000
  • In-House Legal Secretary
  • 66,420 - 107,625
  • 54,875 - 82,513
  • Contracts Administrator
  • 82,410 - 123,615
  • 69,275 - 104,960
  • In-House Attorney
  • 135,608 - 256,250
  • 112,075 - 191,470

Northern California: Mid/Large Firms

Northern California Region

San Francisco

Peninsula

North Bay

South Bay

East Bay

Sacramento

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • Paralegal (Entry-level ABA)
  • 45,408 - 63,345
  • 46,023 - 64,268
  • 41,000 - 57,195
  • 43,153 - 60,270
  • 44,075 - 61,500
  • 40,975 - 51,045
  • Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 52,788 - 74,825
  • 53,608 - 72,775
  • 47,663 - 67,548
  • 50,225 - 71,238
  • 51,250 - 72,673
  • 41,675 - 60,270
  • Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 69,700 - 97,170
  • 70,725 - 87,023
  • 62,935 - 87,740
  • 66,318 - 92,455
  • 67,650 - 94,300
  • 54,775 - 78,310
  • Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 93,993 - 113,058
  • 95,325 - 114,698
  • 84,870 - 102,090
  • 89,380 - 107,625
  • 91,225 - 109,778
  • 73,875 - 91,123
  • Paralegal (8+ yrs)
  • 97,990 - 150,060
  • 99,425 - 152,213
  • 88,458 - 135,505
  • 93,173 - 142,783
  • 95,120 - 145,653
  • 76,975 - 120,848
  • Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 48,790 - 71,033
  • 49,508 - 75,953
  • 44,075 - 65,088
  • 46,433 - 68,163
  • 47,355 - 71,033
  • 40,075 - 57,810
  • Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 68,470 - 85,895
  • 69,495 - 98,503
  • 61,910 - 78,105
  • 65,190 - 92,455
  • 66,523 - 83,333
  • 53,875 - 70,008
  • Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 81,180 - 101,168
  • 82,410 - 102,603
  • 73,288 - 91,328
  • 77,285 - 82,205
  • 78,823 - 98,195
  • 63,775 - 81,488
  • Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
  • 87,945 - 110,598
  • 89,175 - 112,238
  • 79,438 - 99,938
  • 83,640 - 105,268
  • 85,383 - 107,420
  • 69,075 - 89,175
  • Administrator/Office Manager
  • 107,215 - 205,000
  • 108,855 - 215,000
  • 96,863 - 169,330
  • 102,090 - 178,350
  • 104,140 - 182,040
  • 70,000 - 92,000
  • Paralegal Manager
  • 107,420 - 165,435
  • 108,958 - 167,895
  • 96,965 - 149,343
  • 102,193 - 157,440
  • 104,243 - 160,618
  • 84,375 - 133,353
  • Secretarial Mgr./Supervisor
  • 95,018 - 138,580
  • 96,453 - 140,630
  • 85,793 - 125,153
  • 90,405 - 131,918
  • 92,250 - 134,583
  • 74,675 - 111,725
  • Records Managers
  • 76,978 - 106,805
  • 78,105 - 108,445
  • 69,495 - 96,453
  • 73,185 - 101,680
  • 74,723 - 103,730
  • 60,475 - 86,100
  • Legal Biller
  • 58,118 - 89,790
  • 58,938 - 91,020
  • 52,480 - 81,078
  • 55,248 - 85,383
  • 56,375 - 87,125
  • 45,675 - 72,365
  • Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 141,963 - 251,694
  • 144,115 - 261,944
  • 128,228 - 191,470
  • 135,095 - 201,823
  • 137,863 - 205,923
  • 111,575 - 170,868
  • Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 195,775 - 271,625
  • 198,543 - 281,875
  • 176,710 - 214,533
  • 186,243 - 226,115
  • 190,035 - 230,728
  • 153,875 - 191,470

National Overview: Small Firms

National Regions

Washington DC

Denver

Dallas

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 45,360 - 64,260
  • 38,745 - 49,405
  • 37,720 - 47,663
  • Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 56,805 - 74,235
  • 48,380 - 62,628
  • 47,048 - 60,065
  • Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 67,620 - 88,830
  • 62,525 - 83,230
  • 58,528 - 79,130
  • Paralegal (8+ yrs)
  • 79,905 - 110,355
  • 72,980 - 99,118
  • 67,958 - 91,430
  • Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 43,103 - 58,800
  • 41,103 - 54,735
  • 41,051 - 50,533
  • Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 50,190 - 70,560
  • 48,585 - 66,728
  • 45,305 - 62,730
  • Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 65,205 - 82,110
  • 61,295 - 75,030
  • 58,220 - 70,828
  • Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
  • 76,020 - 92,820
  • 68,573 - 86,408
  • 64,985 - 81,795
  • Administrator/Office Mgr.
  • 88,010 - 125,160
  • 71,443 - 113,826
  • 67,753 - 107,625
  • Litigation Support Mgr.
  • 88,410 - 122,115
  • 81,180 - 100,245
  • 77,080 - 94,710
  • Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 109,525 - 186,900
  • 61,910 - 126,280
  • 60,680 - 122,693
  • Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 179,400 - 215,020
  • 129,663 - 156,620
  • 123,820 - 147,908

National Overview: In-House Firms

National Regions

Washington DC

Denver

Dallas

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • In-House Paralegal
  • 81,300 - 74,655
  • 53,198 - 71,033
  • 50,430 - 67,958
  • In-House Legal Secretary
  • 82,350 - 73,290
  • 52,070 - 63,960
  • 45,408 - 59,655
  • Contracts Administrator
  • 68,800 - 95,865
  • 51,353 - 69,188
  • 48,226 - 63,858
  • In-House Attorney
  • 199,650 - 236,500
  • 133,455 - 183,065
  • 126,998 - 172,508

National Overview: Mid/Large Firms

National Regions

Washington DC

Denver

Dallas

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  • Job Title
  • Salary
  • Paralegal (Entry-level ABA)
  • 46,320 - 58,323
  • 40,020 - 53,198
  • 40,005 - 49,098
  • Paralegal (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 48,825 - 67,830
  • 40,078 - 56,785
  • 38,438 - 53,198
  • Paralegal (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 64,785 - 75,810
  • 54,120 - 67,445
  • 50,943 - 63,550
  • Paralegal (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 75,810 - 100,590
  • 58,938 - 79,335
  • 58,220 - 77,798
  • Paralegal (8+ yrs)
  • 87,360 - 124,005
  • 75,953 - 95,530
  • 71,545 - 91,430
  • Legal Secretary (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 43,260 - 59,535
  • 41,205 - 55,248
  • 39,155 - 52,480
  • Legal Secretary (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 55,860 - 76,860
  • 51,455 - 65,498
  • 48,483 - 62,115
  • Legal Secretary (5 - 8 yrs)
  • 70,158 - 91,891
  • 66,625 - 85,895
  • 63,345 - 80,360
  • Legal Secretary (8+ yrs)
  • 80,955 - 100,366
  • 75,645 - 93,890
  • 71,443 - 89,790
  • Administrator/Office Mgr.
  • 104,880 - 210,960
  • 82,103 - 155,595
  • 77,593 - 140,425
  • Paralegal Manager
  • 107,280 - 156,060
  • 79,540 - 114,288
  • 75,645 - 104,858
  • Secretarial Mgr./Supervisor
  • 88,110 - 119,570
  • 68,880 - 101,168
  • 65,498 - 100,040
  • Records Managers
  • 70,035 - 103,320
  • 57,605 - 90,610
  • 55,145 - 88,458
  • Legal Biller
  • 49,140 - 80,256
  • 33,518 - 51,455
  • 30,750 - 44,690
  • Attorney (1 - 3 yrs)
  • 158,500 - 236,625
  • 113,160 - 148,933
  • 97,683 - 139,195
  • Attorney (3 - 5 yrs)
  • 206,500 - 307,125
  • 126,485 - 195,775
  • 118,285 - 182,655