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Attorney Average Salary in Ghana 2023

How much money does an Attorney make in Ghana?

Average Monthly Salary
9,650 GHS
( 116,000 GHS yearly)


A person working as an Attorney in Ghana typically earns around 9,650 GHS per month. Salaries range from 4,440 GHS (lowest) to 15,300 GHS (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 Ghana

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Ghana range from 4,440 GHS per month (minimum salary) to 15,300 GHS per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,400 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 10,400 GHS while the other half are earning more than 10,400 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 6,690 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 6,690 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 13,900 GHS while 25% are earning more than 13,900 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

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 5,040 GHS per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,730 GHS 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 9,950 GHS 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 12,100 GHS 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 13,200 GHS 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 14,300 GHS per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Attorney average salary change by experience in Ghana

0 - 2 Years
5,040 GHS
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,730 GHS
5 - 10 Years+48%
9,950 GHS
10 - 15 Years+22%
12,100 GHS
15 - 20 Years+9%
13,200 GHS
20+ Years+8%
14,300 GHS
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 5,750 GHS per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 9,020 GHS per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 15,100 GHS per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in Ghana

Bachelor's Degree
5,750 GHS
Master's Degree+57%
9,020 GHS
15,100 GHS
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 Ghana costs anywhere from 25,300 Cedi(s) to 76,000 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 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 Ghana earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

10,300 GHS
9,050 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

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


Attorney(s) in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 19 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 2022

Information Technology

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

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

18% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 82% 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 Ghana

56 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 56 GHS. This means that the average Attorney in Ghana earns approximately 56 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 58% 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 Judge12,700 GHS+32%
Arbitrator5,960 GHS-38%
Associate Attorney6,240 GHS-35%
Attorney9,650 GHS-0%
Bailiff2,860 GHS-70%
Barrister2,460 GHS-75%
Candidate Attorney5,580 GHS-42%
Conciliator4,540 GHS-53%
Contracts Manager5,390 GHS-44%
Contracts Negotiator4,550 GHS-53%
Conveyancing Secretary2,660 GHS-72%
Corporate Counsel6,960 GHS-28%
Counsel6,740 GHS-30%
Court Clerk2,200 GHS-77%
Court Judicial Assistant3,600 GHS-63%
Court Liaison Specialist4,100 GHS-58%
Court Reporter3,640 GHS-62%
Court Representative2,780 GHS-71%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer12,600 GHS+31%
Immigration Executive6,310 GHS-35%
In House Counsel6,890 GHS-29%
Intellectual Property Specialist4,710 GHS-51%
Judge Advocate10,300 GHS+7%
Law Clerk2,280 GHS-76%
Lawyer9,730 GHS+1%
Legal Administrative Assistant2,460 GHS-75%
Legal Advisor5,890 GHS-39%
Legal Assistant2,550 GHS-74%
Legal Associate4,610 GHS-52%
Legal Consultant5,790 GHS-40%
Legal Counsel7,120 GHS-26%
Legal Editor4,710 GHS-51%
Legal Executive8,630 GHS-11%
Legal Executive Secretary2,650 GHS-73%
Legal IP Officer2,260 GHS-77%
Legal Officer2,800 GHS-71%
Legal Services Director10,700 GHS+11%
Legal Services Manager11,200 GHS+16%
Legal Support Worker1,800 GHS-81%
Legislative Liaison4,520 GHS-53%
Litigation Attorney11,200 GHS+16%
Litigation Paralegal5,680 GHS-41%
Magistrate Judge14,300 GHS+48%
Paralegal3,580 GHS-63%
Patent Attorney7,210 GHS-25%
Staff Attorney7,570 GHS-22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Accra9,700 GHS
Kumasi10,300 GHS

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 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

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