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Attorney Average Salary in Bhutan 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
72,100 BTN
( 865,000 BTN yearly)


A person working as Attorney in Bhutan typically earns around 72,100 BTN per month. Salaries range from 33,100 BTN (lowest) to 115,000 BTN (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 Bhutan

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
68,300 BTN or more
10% of people earn
59,900 to 68,300 BTN
20% of people earn
41,200 BTN or less
65% of people earn
41,200 to 59,900 BTN
Minimum Salary
33,100 BTN
68,900 BTN
115,000 BTN

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

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Attorney salaries in Bhutan range from 33,100 BTN per month (starting salary) to 115,000 BTN 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 68,900 BTN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 68,900 BTN while the other half are earning more than 68,900 BTN. 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 55,500 BTN while 75% of them are earning more than 55,500 BTN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 79,400 BTN while 25% are earning more than 79,400 BTN.

  • 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 41,200 BTN to 59,900 BTN. Approximatly 20% fall under the 41,200 BTN cap. Ten percent of wages are from 59,900 BTN to 68,300 BTN. Only 5% of people grossed 68,300 BTN or more.

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Attorney average salary change by experience in Bhutan

0 - 2 Years
37,600 BTN
2 - 5 Years+34%
50,200 BTN
5 - 10 Years+48%
74,300 BTN
10 - 15 Years+22%
90,500 BTN
15 - 20 Years+9%
98,700 BTN
20+ Years+8%
107,000 BTN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Bhutan 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 37,600 BTN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 50,200 BTN 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 74,300 BTN 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 90,500 BTN 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 98,700 BTN 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 107,000 BTN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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 Bhutan

Bachelor's Degree
42,900 BTN
Master's Degree+57%
67,300 BTN
113,000 BTN
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 42,900 BTN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 67,300 BTN per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

People with PhD have an average salary of 113,000 BTN 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 Bhutan costs anywhere from 186,000 Ngultrum(s) to 559,000 Ngultrum(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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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 Bhutan earn 18% more than their female counterparts on average.

78,100 BTN
66,000 BTN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bhutan for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bhutan

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


Attorney(s) in Bhutan 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Bhutan Attorney
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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.

Bhutan / 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 Bhutan is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bhutan 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 Bhutan

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

Average Salary 2019
62,300 BTN
Average Salary 2020+4%
64,600 BTN
Average Salary 2021+4%
67,000 BTN
Average Salary 2022+4%
69,500 BTN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney salaries in Bhutan 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 Bhutan

420 BTN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bhutan is 420 BTN. This means that the average Attorney in Bhutan earns approximately 420 BTN 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 Bhutan is 190 BTN. 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

72,100 BTN
44,900 BTN
37,200 BTN
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Attorney is 60% 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 Judge102,000 BTN+42%
Arbitrator44,300 BTN-39%
Associate Attorney47,100 BTN-35%
Attorney72,100 BTN+0%
Bailiff23,300 BTN-68%
Barrister19,900 BTN-72%
Candidate Attorney40,500 BTN-44%
Conciliator36,000 BTN-50%
Contracts Manager41,600 BTN-42%
Contracts Negotiator34,100 BTN-53%
Conveyancing Secretary19,400 BTN-73%
Corporate Counsel51,300 BTN-29%
Counsel51,300 BTN-29%
Court Clerk17,500 BTN-76%
Court Judicial Assistant27,000 BTN-63%
Court Liaison Specialist32,100 BTN-55%
Court Reporter29,100 BTN-60%
Court Representative22,700 BTN-68%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer99,800 BTN+39%
Immigration Executive49,900 BTN-31%
In House Counsel55,400 BTN-23%
Intellectual Property Specialist37,900 BTN-47%
Judge Advocate77,600 BTN+8%
Law Clerk17,100 BTN-76%
Lawyer75,700 BTN+5%
Legal Administrative Assistant18,900 BTN-74%
Legal Advisor46,600 BTN-35%
Legal Assistant19,900 BTN-72%
Legal Associate32,900 BTN-54%
Legal Consultant43,200 BTN-40%
Legal Counsel54,000 BTN-25%
Legal Editor34,200 BTN-53%
Legal Executive69,900 BTN-3%
Legal Executive Secretary21,000 BTN-71%
Legal IP Officer18,200 BTN-75%
Legal Officer21,600 BTN-70%
Legal Services Director87,400 BTN+21%
Legal Services Manager85,300 BTN+18%
Legal Support Worker14,600 BTN-80%
Legislative Liaison33,800 BTN-53%
Litigation Attorney91,000 BTN+26%
Litigation Paralegal44,300 BTN-39%
Magistrate Judge108,000 BTN+50%
Paralegal29,100 BTN-60%
Patent Attorney55,700 BTN-23%
Staff Attorney55,600 BTN-23%

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 Bhutan earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
36,100 BTN
Public Sector+10%
39,900 BTN
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 Bhutan?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 68,900 BTN and 79,400 BTN. 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 Bhutan is ranges from 55,500 BTN to 79,400 BTN. 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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