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Attorney Average Salary in Tonga 2023

How much money does an Attorney make in Tonga?

Average Monthly Salary
3,580 TOP
( 43,000 TOP yearly)


A person working as an Attorney in Tonga typically earns around 3,580 TOP per month. Salaries range from 1,650 TOP (lowest) to 5,700 TOP (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Salary Distribution in Tonga

Median and salary distribution monthly Tonga Attorney
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Tonga range from 1,650 TOP per month (minimum salary) to 5,700 TOP per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,870 TOP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 3,870 TOP while the other half are earning more than 3,870 TOP. 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 2,480 TOP while 75% of them are earning more than 2,480 TOP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 5,160 TOP while 25% are earning more than 5,160 TOP.

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

Attorney 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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,870 TOP per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,500 TOP per month, 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 3,690 TOP per month, 48% 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,500 TOP per month, 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 4,910 TOP per month, 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 5,310 TOP per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Attorney average salary change by experience in Tonga

0 - 2 Years
1,870 TOP
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,500 TOP
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,690 TOP
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,500 TOP
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,910 TOP
20+ Years+8%
5,310 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Attorney(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 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 2,130 TOP per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,350 TOP per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 5,610 TOP per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in Tonga

Bachelor's Degree
2,130 TOP
Master's Degree+57%
3,350 TOP
5,610 TOP
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 Tonga costs anywhere from 9,110 Paanga(s) to 27,300 Paanga(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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Attorney 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 Attorney employees in Tonga earn 19% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,900 TOP
3,270 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Tonga for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Tonga

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


Attorney(s) in Tonga are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 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.

Tonga / 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 Tonga is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Tonga 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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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Tonga

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Tonga Attorney
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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.

32% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 68% 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.

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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Tonga

21 TOP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Tonga is 21 TOP. This means that the average Attorney in Tonga earns approximately 21 TOP 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 63% 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 Judge5,210 TOP+45%
Arbitrator2,310 TOP-36%
Associate Attorney2,370 TOP-34%
Attorney3,580 TOP-0%
Bailiff1,200 TOP-66%
Barrister1,020 TOP-72%
Candidate Attorney2,060 TOP-42%
Conciliator1,900 TOP-47%
Contracts Manager2,130 TOP-41%
Contracts Negotiator1,620 TOP-55%
Conveyancing Secretary940 TOP-74%
Corporate Counsel2,650 TOP-26%
Counsel2,740 TOP-24%
Court Clerk840 TOP-77%
Court Judicial Assistant1,420 TOP-60%
Court Liaison Specialist1,680 TOP-53%
Court Reporter1,410 TOP-61%
Court Representative1,060 TOP-70%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer5,240 TOP+46%
Immigration Executive2,620 TOP-27%
In House Counsel2,680 TOP-25%
Intellectual Property Specialist1,830 TOP-49%
Judge Advocate3,890 TOP+9%
Law Clerk800 TOP-78%
Lawyer3,550 TOP-1%
Legal Administrative Assistant1,020 TOP-72%
Legal Advisor2,220 TOP-38%
Legal Assistant980 TOP-73%
Legal Associate1,640 TOP-54%
Legal Consultant2,260 TOP-37%
Legal Counsel2,590 TOP-28%
Legal Editor1,650 TOP-54%
Legal Executive3,410 TOP-5%
Legal Executive Secretary1,000 TOP-72%
Legal IP Officer930 TOP-74%
Legal Officer1,170 TOP-67%
Legal Services Director4,280 TOP+19%
Legal Services Manager4,090 TOP+14%
Legal Support Worker710 TOP-80%
Legislative Liaison1,770 TOP-51%
Litigation Attorney4,670 TOP+30%
Litigation Paralegal2,300 TOP-36%
Magistrate Judge5,720 TOP+60%
Paralegal1,430 TOP-60%
Patent Attorney2,730 TOP-24%
Staff Attorney2,870 TOP-20%

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 Tonga earn 18% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,640 TOP
Public Sector+18%
1,930 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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