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Lawyer Average Salary in India 2023

How much money does a Lawyer make in India?

Average Monthly Salary
61,800 INR
( 741,000 INR yearly)


A person working as a Lawyer in India typically earns around 61,800 INR per month. Salaries range from 30,900 INR (lowest) to 95,700 INR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Lawyer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Lawyer Salary Distribution in India

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Lawyer salaries in India range from 30,900 INR per month (minimum salary) to 95,700 INR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 61,800 INR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Lawyer(s) are earning less than 61,800 INR while the other half are earning more than 61,800 INR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Lawyer(s) are earning less than 41,700 INR while 75% of them are earning more than 41,700 INR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Lawyer(s) are earning less than 78,700 INR while 25% are earning more than 78,700 INR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Lawyer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Lawyer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Lawyer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 37,000 INR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 49,000 INR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 65,600 INR per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Lawyer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 78,200 INR per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 84,400 INR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 90,500 INR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Lawyer average salary change by experience in India

0 - 2 Years
37,000 INR
2 - 5 Years+32%
49,000 INR
5 - 10 Years+34%
65,600 INR
10 - 15 Years+19%
78,200 INR
15 - 20 Years+8%
84,400 INR
20+ Years+7%
90,500 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Lawyer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Lawyer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Lawyer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Lawyer is 47,700 INR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 65,900 INR per month, 38% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 86,600 INR per month, 31% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Lawyer average salary difference by education level in India

Bachelor's Degree
47,700 INR
Master's Degree+38%
65,900 INR
86,600 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in India costs anywhere from 160,000 Indian Rupee(s) to 479,000 Indian Rupee(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Lawyer Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Lawyer employees in India earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

63,500 INR
59,500 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in India for all Careers

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Lawyer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in India

How much are annual salary increments in India for Lawyer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Lawyer(s) in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

India / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in India is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in India for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Lawyer Bonus and Incentive Rates in India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India Lawyer
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A Lawyer is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

18% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 82% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Lawyer Average Hourly Wage in India

360 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in India is 360 INR. This means that the average Lawyer in India earns approximately 360 INR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Lawyer VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Lawyer is 60% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge85,500 INR+38%
Arbitrator39,000 INR-37%
Associate Attorney40,400 INR-35%
Attorney61,800 INR+0%
Bailiff19,500 INR-68%
Barrister16,600 INR-73%
Candidate Attorney35,600 INR-42%
Conciliator30,900 INR-50%
Contracts Manager35,600 INR-42%
Contracts Negotiator28,500 INR-54%
Conveyancing Secretary16,600 INR-73%
Corporate Counsel45,100 INR-27%
Counsel45,100 INR-27%
Court Clerk14,300 INR-77%
Court Judicial Assistant23,800 INR-61%
Court Liaison Specialist27,600 INR-55%
Court Reporter23,800 INR-61%
Court Representative19,000 INR-69%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer85,500 INR+38%
Immigration Executive42,800 INR-31%
In House Counsel45,100 INR-27%
Intellectual Property Specialist30,900 INR-50%
Judge Advocate66,500 INR+8%
Law Clerk14,300 INR-77%
Lawyer61,800 INR+0%
Legal Administrative Assistant16,600 INR-73%
Legal Advisor38,000 INR-38%
Legal Assistant16,600 INR-73%
Legal Associate28,900 INR-53%
Legal Consultant38,000 INR-38%
Legal Counsel45,100 INR-27%
Legal Editor29,300 INR-53%
Legal Executive57,000 INR-8%
Legal Executive Secretary17,100 INR-72%
Legal IP Officer15,200 INR-75%
Legal Officer19,000 INR-69%
Legal Services Director71,300 INR+15%
Legal Services Manager71,300 INR+15%
Legal Support Worker11,900 INR-81%
Legislative Liaison29,700 INR-52%
Litigation Attorney76,000 INR+23%
Litigation Paralegal38,000 INR-38%
Magistrate Judge95,000 INR+54%
Paralegal23,800 INR-61%
Patent Attorney46,600 INR-25%
Staff Attorney48,900 INR-21%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra56,500 INR
Ahmadabad66,800 INR
Bangalore67,700 INR
Bhopal59,500 INR
Chennai68,200 INR
Coimbatore60,800 INR
Delhi68,400 INR
Ghaziabad60,800 INR
Hyderabad67,700 INR
Indore66,000 INR
Jaipur66,200 INR
Kanpur62,700 INR
Kolkata68,100 INR
Lucknow63,800 INR
Ludhiana61,000 INR
Madurai57,300 INR
Mumbai73,600 INR
Nagpur66,500 INR
Patna58,300 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad60,000 INR
Pune68,800 INR
Surat65,400 INR
Vadodara56,900 INR
Visakhapatnam59,300 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands52,500 INR
Andhra Pradesh68,200 INR
Arunachal Pradesh57,800 INR
Assam66,600 INR
Bihar74,900 INR
Chandigarh56,400 INR
Chhatisgarh66,700 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli55,900 INR
Daman & Diu54,900 INR
Delhi66,100 INR
Goa60,400 INR
Gujarat66,800 INR
Haryana61,600 INR
Himachal Pradesh59,600 INR
Jammu & Kashmir61,300 INR
Jharkhand66,800 INR
Karnataka69,900 INR
Kerala67,100 INR
Lakshadweep52,700 INR
Madhya Pradesh73,300 INR
Maharashtra75,100 INR
Manipur61,700 INR
Meghalaya61,500 INR
Mizoram58,500 INR
Nagaland61,600 INR
Orissa72,300 INR
Pondicherry54,700 INR
Punjab63,800 INR
Rajasthan70,000 INR
Sikkim54,000 INR
Tamil Nadu70,400 INR
Tripura60,600 INR
Uttar Pradesh75,800 INR
Uttaranchal62,300 INR
West Bengal74,300 INR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in India earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,000 INR
Public Sector+5%
32,700 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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