2017 Robert Half Legal Salary Guide

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  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. 2017 HIRING AND COMPENSATION TRENDS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. 36% 25% 8% 4% 3% Practice Areas in Demand Practice areas that are expected to generate the greatest number of legal jobs in the next two years:* 2 2 *Top responses shown Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 200 lawyers with the largest law firms and companies in the United States Real estate Intellectual property Personal/family law Litigation General business/ commercial law
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. 2017 Outlook  Average increase for starting salaries across the legal field in the U.S. will be 3.6%  Compensation for some positions is expected to exceed the national average: 3 Paralegal/ Legal Assistant (7+ years’ experience) small/midsize law firm +4.1%+5.8% Licensed Lawyer (10+ years’ experience) midsize law firm 3
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Fastest-Growing Industries 4 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Real Estate 4. Technology 5. Construction 1. Healthcare 2. Financial Services 3. Manufacturing 4. Construction 5. Real Estate 1. Manufacturing 2. Healthcare 3. Financial Services 4. Professional Services 5. Construction 1. Healthcare 2. Construction 3. Manufacturing 4. Technology 5. Real Estate 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Professional Services 4. Financial Services 5. Technology 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Technology 4. Financial Services 5. Real Estate 1. Financial Services 2. Healthcare 3. Professional Services 4. Real Estate 5. Manufacturing 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Technology 4. Real Estate 5. Financial Services 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Construction 4. Real Estate 5. Technology HI
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Positions in Demand 5 1. Corporate Paralegal 2. Law Firm Attorney 3. Contract Administrator 4. Legal Secretary 5. Litigation Secretary 1. Patent Legal Assistant 2. Contract Administrator 3. Litigation Associate 4. Estate Planning Paralegal 5. Legal Assistant 1. Contract Manager 2. Legal Assistant 3. Corporate Attorney 4. Intellectual Property Paralegal 5. Contract Administrator 1. Contract Administrator 2. Commercial Litigation Paralegal 3. Litigation Paralegal 4. Intellectual Property Attorney 5. Real Estate Paralegal 1. Real Estate Attorney 2. Compliance Manager 3. Corporate Paralegal 4. Legal Assistant 5. In-House Counsel 1. Corporate Paralegal 2. Litigation Legal Secretary 3. Contract Manager 4. Law Firm Attorney 5. Intellectual Property Attorney 1. Litigation Paralegal 2. Litigation Legal Secretary 3. Contract Manager 4. Corporate Paralegal 5. Legal Secretary 1. Paralegal 2. Lease Administrator 3. Compliance Manager 4. Legal Secretary 5. Law Firm Attorney 1. Paralegal 2. Real Estate Paralegal 3. Litigation Legal Secretary 4. Commercial Real Estate Attorney 5. Insurance Defense Attorney HI
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Robert Half Legal: Your Key to Finding Legal Talent The right talent, right on time Recruitment – from beginning to end A personal touch Options to fit your needs Experience and reputation 6 6 1 2 3 4 5
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  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. 2017 HIRING AND COMPENSATION TRENDS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. 36% 25% 8% 4% 3% Practice Areas in Demand Practice areas that are expected to generate the greatest number of legal jobs in the next two years:* 2 2 *Top responses shown Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 200 lawyers with the largest law firms and companies in the United States Real estate Intellectual property Personal/family law Litigation General business/ commercial law
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. 2017 Outlook  Average increase for starting salaries across the legal field in the U.S. will be 3.6%  Compensation for some positions is expected to exceed the national average: 3 Paralegal/ Legal Assistant (7+ years’ experience) small/midsize law firm +4.1%+5.8% Licensed Lawyer (10+ years’ experience) midsize law firm 3
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Fastest-Growing Industries 4 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Real Estate 4. Technology 5. Construction 1. Healthcare 2. Financial Services 3. Manufacturing 4. Construction 5. Real Estate 1. Manufacturing 2. Healthcare 3. Financial Services 4. Professional Services 5. Construction 1. Healthcare 2. Construction 3. Manufacturing 4. Technology 5. Real Estate 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Professional Services 4. Financial Services 5. Technology 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Technology 4. Financial Services 5. Real Estate 1. Financial Services 2. Healthcare 3. Professional Services 4. Real Estate 5. Manufacturing 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Technology 4. Real Estate 5. Financial Services 1. Healthcare 2. Manufacturing 3. Construction 4. Real Estate 5. Technology HI
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Positions in Demand 5 1. Corporate Paralegal 2. Law Firm Attorney 3. Contract Administrator 4. Legal Secretary 5. Litigation Secretary 1. Patent Legal Assistant 2. Contract Administrator 3. Litigation Associate 4. Estate Planning Paralegal 5. Legal Assistant 1. Contract Manager 2. Legal Assistant 3. Corporate Attorney 4. Intellectual Property Paralegal 5. Contract Administrator 1. Contract Administrator 2. Commercial Litigation Paralegal 3. Litigation Paralegal 4. Intellectual Property Attorney 5. Real Estate Paralegal 1. Real Estate Attorney 2. Compliance Manager 3. Corporate Paralegal 4. Legal Assistant 5. In-House Counsel 1. Corporate Paralegal 2. Litigation Legal Secretary 3. Contract Manager 4. Law Firm Attorney 5. Intellectual Property Attorney 1. Litigation Paralegal 2. Litigation Legal Secretary 3. Contract Manager 4. Corporate Paralegal 5. Legal Secretary 1. Paralegal 2. Lease Administrator 3. Compliance Manager 4. Legal Secretary 5. Law Firm Attorney 1. Paralegal 2. Real Estate Paralegal 3. Litigation Legal Secretary 4. Commercial Real Estate Attorney 5. Insurance Defense Attorney HI
  • © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Robert Half Legal: Your Key to Finding Legal Talent The right talent, right on time Recruitment – from beginning to end A personal touch Options to fit your needs Experience and reputation 6 6 1 2 3 4 5
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