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Legal Average Salaries in India 2022

How much money does a person working in Legal make in India?

Average Monthly Salary
38,500 INR
( 462,000 INR yearly)


A person working in Legal in India typically earns around 38,500 INR per month. Salaries range from 11,900 INR (lowest average) to 95,000 INR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Legal careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge85,500 INR
Arbitrator39,000 INR
Associate Attorney40,400 INR
Attorney61,800 INR
Bailiff19,500 INR
Barrister16,600 INR
Candidate Attorney35,600 INR
Conciliator30,900 INR
Contracts Manager35,600 INR
Contracts Negotiator28,500 INR
Conveyancing Secretary16,600 INR
Corporate Counsel45,100 INR
Counsel45,100 INR
Court Clerk14,300 INR
Court Judicial Assistant23,800 INR
Court Liaison Specialist27,600 INR
Court Reporter23,800 INR
Court Representative19,000 INR
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer85,500 INR
Immigration Executive42,800 INR
In House Counsel45,100 INR
Intellectual Property Specialist30,900 INR
Judge Advocate66,500 INR
Law Clerk14,300 INR
Lawyer61,800 INR
Legal Administrative Assistant16,600 INR
Legal Advisor38,000 INR
Legal Assistant16,600 INR
Legal Associate28,900 INR
Legal Consultant38,000 INR
Legal Consultant38,000 INR
Legal Counsel45,100 INR
Legal Editor29,300 INR
Legal Executive57,000 INR
Legal Executive Secretary17,100 INR
Legal IP Officer15,200 INR
Legal Officer19,000 INR
Legal Services Director71,300 INR
Legal Services Manager71,300 INR
Legal Support Worker11,900 INR
Legislative Liaison29,700 INR
Litigation Attorney76,000 INR
Litigation Paralegal38,000 INR
Magistrate Judge95,000 INR
Paralegal23,800 INR
Patent Attorney46,600 INR
Staff Attorney48,900 INR

Legal Jobs Salary Distribution in India

Median and salary distribution monthly India Legal
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Legal salaries in India range from 11,900 INR per month (minimum average salary) to 95,000 INR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 40,800 INR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Legal are earning less than 40,800 INR while the other half are earning more than 40,800 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 people working in Legal are earning less than 23,700 INR while 75% of them are earning more than 23,700 INR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Legal are earning less than 72,000 INR while 25% are earning more than 72,000 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Legal 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 employees in India who work in Legal earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

41,400 INR
36,200 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in India for all Careers

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Legal Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in India

How much are annual salary increments in India for Legal professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Legal professionals in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 14 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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in India for the year 2021. 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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Legal Bonus and Incentive Rates in India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India Legal
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Legal is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

44% of surveyed staff in Legal reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Legal Hourly Average Wage in India

220 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in India is 220 INR. This means that the average person in India earns approximately 220 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.

Legal VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Legal is 21% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra35,100 INR
Ahmadabad43,400 INR
Bangalore41,700 INR
Bhopal38,100 INR
Chennai40,700 INR
Coimbatore36,100 INR
Delhi44,000 INR
Ghaziabad36,800 INR
Hyderabad45,100 INR
Indore38,500 INR
Jaipur42,700 INR
Kanpur39,400 INR
Kolkata42,200 INR
Lucknow39,900 INR
Ludhiana38,100 INR
Madurai33,800 INR
Mumbai44,100 INR
Nagpur39,400 INR
Patna35,400 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad38,400 INR
Pune41,000 INR
Surat42,200 INR
Vadodara36,500 INR
Visakhapatnam36,300 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands33,000 INR
Andhra Pradesh42,600 INR
Arunachal Pradesh35,900 INR
Assam41,100 INR
Bihar46,000 INR
Chandigarh34,400 INR
Chhatisgarh40,500 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli33,700 INR
Daman & Diu32,900 INR
Delhi39,400 INR
Goa35,800 INR
Gujarat43,500 INR
Haryana39,900 INR
Himachal Pradesh38,300 INR
Jammu & Kashmir39,200 INR
Jharkhand42,400 INR
Karnataka44,100 INR
Kerala42,100 INR
Lakshadweep32,800 INR
Madhya Pradesh45,400 INR
Maharashtra46,300 INR
Manipur37,800 INR
Meghalaya37,400 INR
Mizoram35,400 INR
Nagaland37,100 INR
Orissa43,300 INR
Pondicherry36,000 INR
Punjab41,700 INR
Rajasthan45,400 INR
Sikkim34,800 INR
Tamil Nadu45,100 INR
Tripura38,600 INR
Uttar Pradesh47,700 INR
Uttaranchal39,500 INR
West Bengal46,500 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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