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Attorney Average Salary in Zimbabwe 2023

How much money does a person working as Attorney make in Zimbabwe?

Average Monthly Salary
426,000 ZWD
( 5,110,000 ZWD yearly)


A person working as Attorney in Zimbabwe typically earns around 426,000 ZWD per month. Salaries range from 196,000 ZWD (lowest) to 677,000 ZWD (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 Pay Scale and Salaries in Zimbabwe

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
404,000 ZWD or more
10% of people earn
354,000 to 404,000 ZWD
20% of people earn
244,000 ZWD or less
65% of people earn
244,000 to 354,000 ZWD
Minimum Salary
196,000 ZWD
407,000 ZWD
677,000 ZWD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Attorney salaries in Zimbabwe range from 196,000 ZWD per month (starting salary) to 677,000 ZWD per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 407,000 ZWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 407,000 ZWD while the other half are earning more than 407,000 ZWD. 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 and Salary Scale

    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 328,000 ZWD while 75% of them are earning more than 328,000 ZWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 469,000 ZWD while 25% are earning more than 469,000 ZWD.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 244,000 ZWD to 354,000 ZWD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 244,000 ZWD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 354,000 ZWD to 404,000 ZWD. Only 5% of people grossed 404,000 ZWD or more.

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Attorney average salary change by experience in Zimbabwe

0 - 2 Years
222,000 ZWD
2 - 5 Years+34%
297,000 ZWD
5 - 10 Years+48%
439,000 ZWD
10 - 15 Years+22%
535,000 ZWD
15 - 20 Years+9%
584,000 ZWD
20+ Years+8%
632,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Zimbabwe Attorney
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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.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 222,000 ZWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 297,000 ZWD 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 439,000 ZWD 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 whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 535,000 ZWD 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 584,000 ZWD 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 632,000 ZWD per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

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.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in Zimbabwe

Bachelor's Degree
254,000 ZWD
Master's Degree+57%
398,000 ZWD
668,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 is 254,000 ZWD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 398,000 ZWD per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

People with PhD have an average salary of 668,000 ZWD per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

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 Zimbabwe costs anywhere from 1,080,000 Zimbabwe Dollar(s) to 3,250,000 Zimbabwe 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Attorney

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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 Zimbabwe earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

452,000 ZWD
401,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zimbabwe for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zimbabwe

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


Attorney(s) in Zimbabwe are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Zimbabwe / All Professions

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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 Zimbabwe is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zimbabwe 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zimbabwe

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zimbabwe Attorney
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"Attorney" is considered to be a high bonus-based job. 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 Salary Trend and Forecast in Zimbabwe

How are Attorney salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
368,000 ZWD
Average Salary 2020+4%
382,000 ZWD
Average Salary 2021+4%
396,000 ZWD
Average Salary 2022+4%
411,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney salaries in Zimbabwe are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 4% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Zimbabwe

2,460 ZWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zimbabwe is 2,460 ZWD. This means that the average Attorney in Zimbabwe earns approximately 2,460 ZWD for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Attorney' in Zimbabwe is 1,130 ZWD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

426,000 ZWD
262,000 ZWD
217,000 ZWD
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Attorney is 63% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge575,000 ZWD+35%
Arbitrator268,000 ZWD-37%
Associate Attorney282,000 ZWD-34%
Attorney426,000 ZWD-0%
Bailiff133,000 ZWD-69%
Barrister112,000 ZWD-74%
Candidate Attorney239,000 ZWD-44%
Conciliator205,000 ZWD-52%
Contracts Manager254,000 ZWD-40%
Contracts Negotiator197,000 ZWD-54%
Conveyancing Secretary112,000 ZWD-74%
Corporate Counsel308,000 ZWD-28%
Counsel318,000 ZWD-25%
Court Clerk94,600 ZWD-78%
Court Judicial Assistant165,000 ZWD-61%
Court Liaison Specialist180,000 ZWD-58%
Court Reporter159,000 ZWD-63%
Court Representative130,000 ZWD-69%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer564,000 ZWD+32%
Immigration Executive282,000 ZWD-34%
In House Counsel303,000 ZWD-29%
Intellectual Property Specialist208,000 ZWD-51%
Judge Advocate462,000 ZWD+8%
Law Clerk98,200 ZWD-77%
Lawyer402,000 ZWD-6%
Legal Administrative Assistant118,000 ZWD-72%
Legal Advisor251,000 ZWD-41%
Legal Assistant108,000 ZWD-75%
Legal Associate190,000 ZWD-55%
Legal Consultant262,000 ZWD-39%
Legal Counsel316,000 ZWD-26%
Legal Editor197,000 ZWD-54%
Legal Executive386,000 ZWD-9%
Legal Executive Secretary113,000 ZWD-73%
Legal IP Officer102,000 ZWD-76%
Legal Officer135,000 ZWD-68%
Legal Services Director485,000 ZWD+14%
Legal Services Manager499,000 ZWD+17%
Legal Support Worker80,500 ZWD-81%
Legislative Liaison205,000 ZWD-52%
Litigation Attorney516,000 ZWD+21%
Litigation Paralegal248,000 ZWD-42%
Magistrate Judge664,000 ZWD+56%
Paralegal162,000 ZWD-62%
Patent Attorney332,000 ZWD-22%
Staff Attorney333,000 ZWD-22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bulawayo444,000 ZWD
Harare459,000 ZWD

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 Zimbabwe earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
193,000 ZWD
Public Sector+25%
241,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Attorney in Zimbabwe?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 407,000 ZWD and 469,000 ZWD. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Attorney in Zimbabwe is ranges from 328,000 ZWD to 469,000 ZWD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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