Lawyer Salary

The average salary for a Lawyer in the UK is:


Job profile for a Lawyer

A lawyer is a professional who works in and around the law, and specifically they will be someone who is authorised to practice law in that particular country. The job of a lawyer will often involve undertaking a range of different lawsuits and giving advice to clients; generally therefore good people skills are an advantage when working in the legal professions. Lawyers may specialise in a huge range of different areas of law from very specialist areas to a more general approach; not only the topic (such as specialist divorce lawyers) but also the type of law they work on - such as corporate or tax law - so there is a large diversity in what the lawyer may specialise in. Pay also varies greatly depending on which area of law they practice and the company they work for: working in tax law for a large City firm versus working in a small independent practice on legal aid cases will lead to a huge difference in salary!

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Lawyer Salary Comparison

In 2008, the average salary for this job was £46,072.

The average salary in 2009 was £50,141, based on 136 respondents (a difference of 9% from the 2008 figure.

The average salary in 2010 was £60,268, based on 118 respondents (a difference of 20% from the 2009 figure.

The average salary in 2011 was £55,651, based on 80 respondents (a difference of -8% from the 2010 figure.

The average salary in 2012 was £51,004, based on 39 respondents (a difference of -8% from the 2011 figure.

The median salary for a Lawyer based on all salary survey responses is: £42,400

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About the Salary Survey Data in this survey is based on over 368,000 individual salary records. The date period for which job information was gathered varies, but is usually between 2008 - 2012. For precise date related information, custom reports may be ordered with greater granularity. Working 8 hours a day, 250 days of the year, the data suggests the hourly rate for Lawyer is £26.41.

Assorted Lawyer Salary Information

£62,000Northern Ireland12-February-19
£47,000North West6-March-17
£60,000South East25-June-15
Chart to the right shows ten most recent raw datapoints. Outlying points may be discarded.
Graph of Lawyer salary data

Lawyer Salary By UK Region

£35,878Yorkshire and North East
£43,717South East
£40,572North West
£52,250East of England
£28,500South West
£40,667Northern Ireland

With regard to age and impact on salary for a Lawyer, a statistical average weighting (that is based on how salary varies by age and not for a specific job which may vary considerably) suggests these figures: £39,615 for a worker in their 20s, £51,763 (30s), £61,271 (40s) and £61,271 (50s).
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The average salary figure above for a Lawyer is considered highly likely to be representative of the UK market average due to the high number of respondents who had this exact job title.

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