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Legal Average Salaries in Ghana 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
6,060 GHS
( 72,700 GHS yearly)

LOW
1,890
GHS
AVERAGE
6,060
GHS
HIGH
15,100
GHS

A person working in Legal in Ghana typically earns around 6,060 GHS per month. Salaries range from 1,890 GHS (lowest average) to 15,100 GHS (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 Judge12,700 GHS
Arbitrator5,960 GHS
Associate Attorney6,240 GHS
Attorney9,650 GHS
Bailiff2,860 GHS
Barrister2,460 GHS
Candidate Attorney5,580 GHS
Conciliator4,540 GHS
Contracts Manager5,390 GHS
Contracts Negotiator4,550 GHS
Conveyancing Secretary2,660 GHS
Corporate Counsel6,960 GHS
Counsel6,740 GHS
Court Clerk2,200 GHS
Court Judicial Assistant3,600 GHS
Court Liaison Specialist4,100 GHS
Court Reporter3,640 GHS
Court Representative2,780 GHS
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer12,600 GHS
Immigration Executive6,310 GHS
In House Counsel6,890 GHS
Intellectual Property Specialist4,710 GHS
Judge Advocate10,300 GHS
Law Clerk2,280 GHS
Lawyer9,730 GHS
Legal Administrative Assistant2,460 GHS
Legal Advisor5,890 GHS
Legal Assistant2,550 GHS
Legal Associate4,610 GHS
Legal Consultant5,790 GHS
Legal Counsel7,120 GHS
Legal Editor4,710 GHS
Legal Executive8,630 GHS
Legal Executive Secretary2,650 GHS
Legal IP Officer2,260 GHS
Legal Officer2,800 GHS
Legal Services Director10,700 GHS
Legal Services Manager11,200 GHS
Legal Support Worker1,800 GHS
Legislative Liaison4,520 GHS
Litigation Attorney11,200 GHS
Litigation Paralegal5,680 GHS
Magistrate Judge14,300 GHS
Paralegal3,580 GHS
Patent Attorney7,210 GHS
Staff Attorney7,570 GHS

Legal Jobs Salary Distribution in Ghana

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Legal salaries in Ghana range from 1,890 GHS per month (minimum average salary) to 15,100 GHS per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,430 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Legal are earning less than 6,430 GHS while the other half are earning more than 6,430 GHS. 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 3,740 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 3,740 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Legal are earning less than 11,400 GHS while 25% are earning more than 11,400 GHS.


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 Ghana costs anywhere from 25,400 Cedi(s) to 76,100 Cedi(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Ghana Legal
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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 Ghana who work in Legal earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
5,700 GHS
Male+14%
6,510 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

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Legal Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

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

Legal

Legal professionals in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 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.

Ghana / 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 Ghana is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
1%
Energy
2%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
4%
Travel
5%
Construction
6%
Education
7%

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


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Legal Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ghana

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

48% of surveyed staff in Legal reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% 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
52%
No Bonus
48%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ghana earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,860 GHS
Public Sector+8%
5,230 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Legal Hourly Average Wage in Ghana


35 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 35 GHS. This means that the average person in Ghana earns approximately 35 GHS 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

Salary Comparison Between Legal and Legal monthly Ghana
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The average salary for Legal is 20% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Accra6,440 GHS
Kumasi6,750 GHS
500 - 1

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