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Robert Half Legal Releases Annual Salary Guide: Starting Salaries for Legal Professionals Projected to Rise 2.0 Per Cent in

Robert Half Legal Releases Annual Salary Guide: Starting Salaries for Legal 
Professionals Projected to Rise 2.0 Per Cent in 2013 
EDITOR'S NOTE: Your readers can download a copy of the Robert Half Legal 2013 
Salary Guide, access our Salary Calculator and mobile app by visiting 
www.roberthalflegal.com/salarycentre. Media requests should be directed to 
Nadia Santoli at (416) 350-2330. 
TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Average starting salaries for legal professionals in 
Canada are projected to rise 2.0 per cent overall in 2013, according to the 
just-released Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide. The largest increases in 
base compensation are expected for licensed lawyers and law clerks/paralegals 
at midsize and small-to-midsize law firms. Litigation support managers also 
should see greater-than-average salary gains. 
Robert Half Legal is a legal staffing firm specialising in lawyers, law 
clerks, 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 business conditions improve, demand for senior and midlevel lawyers and 
law clerks with experience in high-demand practice areas such as corporate 
law, litigation and intellectual property is strengthening considerably," said 
John Ohnjec, division director of Robert Half Legal. "While salaries have not 
yet returned to pre-recession levels, employers in the legal field are 
offering above-average compensation and bonuses to attract the best candidates 
and retain top performers." 
Ohnjec added that many law firm partners and general counsel are balancing the 
demands of managing rising case loads with the need to contain costs. 
"Increasingly, many organisations are hiring legal professionals on a project 
basis to access specialised expertise that may not be available internally," 
said Ohnjec. 
Lawyer Positions 
According to Robert Half Legal research, average starting salaries for law 
firm associates are expected to increase 1.7 per cent 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 midsize law firm (35-75 lawyers). Base 
compensation for this role is expected to rise 3.7 per cent, to the range of 
$108,000 to $196,500 annually, on average. Lawyers with the same amount of 
experience at small-to-midsize law firms (10-35 lawyers) will see starting 
salaries rise 3.2 per cent, to the range of $84,250 to $157,750 per year. 
Corporate lawyers will see average compensation gains of 2.8 per cent over 
2012. Starting salaries for licensed in-house lawyers with four to nine years 
of experience will rise 3.2 per cent, to the range of $117,500 to $190,500 
annually. 
Legal Support Positions 
Law clerks/paralegals at law firms are expected to see average starting 
salaries increase 2.4 per cent in 2013. The position of senior/supervising law 
clerk with seven or more years of experience at a small-to-midsize law firm 
should climb by 3.5 per cent, to the range of $51,750 to $68,000 annually. 
Legal assistants at law firms can expect average starting salaries of 1.8 per 
cent in 2013. Senior/executive legal assistants with 12 or more years of 
experience at large law firms will see the highest starting salaries at the 
range of $55,000 to $73,000 per year, a 2.8 per cent increase from 2012. 
Starting salaries for litigation support managers should increase by 3.2 per 
cent, to the range of $56,500 to $66,250 annually. 


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    Other key findings from the Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide include:
    -  Compliance managers can expect average starting salaries to grow 2.3
       per cent, to the range of $70,500 to $99,750 per year.
    -  Law firm administrators/office managers at a large law firm will see
       average base compensation increase 2.1 per cent over 2012 projections,
       to the range of $67,500 to $101,500.
    -  Compensation for contract administrators is projected to increase 2.3
       per cent, to the range of $51,000 to $92,250 per year.
    -  In-house legal assistants with three to six years of experience will
       earn $43,000 to $54,250 annually, a 2.6 per cent increase from 2012.
    >>

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 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.

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, law clerks, 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.

TO SPEAK WITH A LOCAL EXPERT, CONTACT: Robert Half Legal, Nadia Santoli, (416) 
350-2330, nadia.santoli@rhi.com

SOURCE: Robert Half Legal

CO: Robert Half Legal
ST: Ontario

-0- Nov/01/2012 12:00 GMT


 
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