A person working as an Attorney in Australia typically earns around 137,000 AUD per year. Salaries range from 63,000 AUD (lowest) to 218,000 AUD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Attorney salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Attorney salaries in Australia range from 63,000 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 218,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 148,000 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 148,000 AUD while the other half are earning more than 148,000 AUD. 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 95,000 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 95,000 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 198,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 198,000 AUD.
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
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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 71,600 AUD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 95,600 AUD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 141,000 AUD per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 172,000 AUD per year, 22% 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 188,000 AUD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 203,000 AUD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Attorney salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 81,600 AUD per year.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 128,000 AUD per year, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 215,000 AUD per year, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Australia costs anywhere from 38,100 Australian Dollar(s) to 114,000 Australian Dollar(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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Attorney employees in Australia earn 8% more than their female counterparts.
Attorney(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2019. 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.
An Attorney 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.
14% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 86% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Attorney employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
Attorney salaries in Australia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
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.
The average salary for Attorney is 36% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Administrative Law Judge||147,000 AUD||+7%|
|Associate Attorney||109,000 AUD||-20%|
|Candidate Attorney||94,500 AUD||-31%|
|Contracts Manager||115,000 AUD||-16%|
|Contracts Negotiator||101,000 AUD||-26%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||60,500 AUD||-56%|
|Corporate Counsel||101,000 AUD||-26%|
|Court Clerk||59,600 AUD||-57%|
|Court Judicial Assistant||79,700 AUD||-42%|
|Court Liaison Specialist||86,600 AUD||-37%|
|Court Reporter||97,100 AUD||-29%|
|Court Representative||92,400 AUD||-33%|
|Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer||154,000 AUD||+12%|
|Immigration Executive||145,000 AUD||+6%|
|In House Counsel||90,300 AUD||-34%|
|Intellectual Property Specialist||94,700 AUD||-31%|
|Judge Advocate||142,000 AUD||+4%|
|Law Clerk||64,900 AUD||-53%|
|Legal Administrative Assistant||66,100 AUD||-52%|
|Legal Advisor||114,000 AUD||-17%|
|Legal Assistant||68,800 AUD||-50%|
|Legal Associate||88,900 AUD||-35%|
|Legal Consultant||116,000 AUD||-15%|
|Legal Counsel||108,000 AUD||-21%|
|Legal Editor||84,000 AUD||-39%|
|Legal Executive||107,000 AUD||-22%|
|Legal Executive Secretary||72,300 AUD||-47%|
|Legal IP Officer||62,300 AUD||-55%|
|Legal Officer||70,500 AUD||-49%|
|Legal Services Director||169,000 AUD||+23%|
|Legal Services Manager||146,000 AUD||+7%|
|Legal Support Worker||56,200 AUD||-59%|
|Legislative Liaison||88,600 AUD||-35%|
|Litigation Attorney||140,000 AUD||+2%|
|Litigation Paralegal||140,000 AUD||+2%|
|Magistrate Judge||146,000 AUD||+7%|
|Patent Attorney||141,000 AUD||+3%|
|Staff Attorney||120,000 AUD||-12%|
|Gold Coast-Tweed||141,000 AUD|
|Sunshine Coast||126,000 AUD|