ROBERT HALF LEGAL RELEASES ANNUAL SALARY GUIDE: Starting Salaries for Legal Professionals Projected to Rise 3.0 Percent in 2013

 ROBERT HALF LEGAL RELEASES ANNUAL SALARY GUIDE: Starting Salaries for Legal
             Professionals Projected to Rise 3.0 Percent in 2013

PR Newswire

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Average starting salaries
for legal professionals in the United States are projected to rise 3.0 percent
overall in 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary
Guide. The largest increases in base compensation are expected for associates,
paralegals and legal secretaries at midsize and small-to-midsize law firms.
Litigation support specialists also should see greater-than-average salary
gains.

Robert Half Legal is a legal staffing firm specializing in lawyers, paralegals
and other highly skilled legal professionals. The company's annual Salary
Guide is based on extensive research, as well as local and national employment
data gathered from Robert Half Legal offices throughout North America.

"As law firms focus on pursuing new revenue opportunities, the market is
strengthening for mid- and senior-level associates with business development
skills, extensive client contacts and experience in high-demand practice areas
such as healthcare, commercial law and litigation," said Charles Volkert,
executive director of Robert Half Legal."While salaries have not yet returned
to pre-recession levels, many hiring managers are offering above-average
compensation and bonuses to attract the industry's best candidates and retain
their most valuable employees."

Volkert added that many law firms and corporate legal departments are
balancing the demands of managing rising workloads with the need to contain
costs. "Increasingly, law firm partners and general counsel are bringing in
legal professionals on a project basis to access expertise and extra support
that may not be available internally," said Volkert.

Lawyer Positions

According to Robert Half Legal research, average starting salaries for lawyers
are expected to increase 3.2 percent in 2013. The position that will see the
biggest rise in compensation is a licensed lawyer with four to nine years of
experience at a small-to-midsize law firm (10-35 lawyers). Base compensation
for this role is expected to rise 4.9 percent, to the range of $87,250 to
$157,500 annually, on average. Lawyers with the same amount of experience at
midsize law firms (35-75 lawyers) will see starting salaries rise 4.8 percent,
to the range of $119,750 to $178,250 per year. First-year associates at
small-to-midsize law firms will earn between $58,250 to $84,750, on average, a
2.1 percent increase from 2012 projections.

Corporate attorneys will see average compensation gains of 3.4 percent over
2012. Starting salaries for licensed in-house attorneys with 10 to 12 years of
experience will rise 3.9 percent, to the range of $134,500 to $235,500
annually.

Legal Support Positions

Law firm paralegals are expected to see average starting salaries increase 3.3
percent in 2013. The position of midlevel paralegal with four to six years of
experience at a midsize law firm should climb by 4.4 percent, to the range of
$53,500 to $66,000 annually.

Legal secretaries at law firms can expect average starting salaries of 2.7
percent in 2013. Midlevel legal secretaries with seven to 11 years of
experience at midsize law firms will see the highest starting salaries at the
range of $49,250 to $61,750 per year, a 3.5 percent increase from 2012.

Starting salaries for legal professionals with litigation support expertise
are predicted to rise 3.5 percent, on average. Litigation support managers
with seven or more years of experience should see starting salaries increase
by 4.4 percent, to the range of $78,500 to $111,250.

Other key findings from the Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide include:

  oCompliance managers can expect average starting salaries to grow 3.4
    percent, to the range of $68,750 to $104,000 per year.
  oIn-house senior/supervising paralegals with seven or more years of
    experience will earn $56,000 to $86,500, a 3.1 percent increase from 2012.
  oCompensation for contract administrators with four or more years of
    experience is projected to increase 4.1 percent, to the range of $58,750
    to $104,500 annually.
  oLease administrators will see average base compensation increase 3.2
    percent, to the range of $51,250 to $71,250.
  oStarting salaries for law librarians are projected to rise 2.0 percent, to
    the range of $45,000 to $69,750 per year.

To listen to a complimentary hiring and compensation trends podcast featuring
highlights from the Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide, visit
www.roberthalflegal.com/podcasts.

About the Robert Half Legal Salary Guide

The Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide includes projected starting salary
ranges for more than 70 legal positions. This information is derived from the
thousands of full-time and project placements handled nationwide by Robert
Half Legal's recruiting and staffing professionals. Continuing or ongoing
salaries are not reported as many factors, such as service time and work
ethic, make ongoing pay difficult to measure. Bonuses, incentives and other
forms of compensation, including benefits and retirement packages, also are
not taken into account.

Robert Half Legal's annual Salary Guide is used extensively by law firms and
corporate legal departments to determine appropriate compensation levels for
employees. In addition, job seekers, academic institutions, legal associations
and government agencies rely on the guide for current data on salaries and
trends in the legal field. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor
Statistics also cites the Salary Guide when compiling the Occupational Outlook
Handbook.

About Robert Half Legal

Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half International.
The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments with highly
skilled professionals, including lawyers, paralegals and legal support
personnel, on a project and full-time basis. With North American and global
locations, Robert Half Legal also offers managed review and e-discovery
services. More information, including online job search services, can be found
at www.roberthalflegal.com.



SOURCE Robert Half Legal

Website: http://www.roberthalflegal.com
Contact: Lisa Hamilton, +1-650-234-6234, lisa.hamilton@rhi.com
 
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