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Attorney Average Salary in Hong Kong 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
68,300 HKD
( 820,000 HKD yearly)


A person working as Attorney in Hong Kong typically earns around 68,300 HKD per month. Salaries range from 31,400 HKD (lowest) to 109,000 HKD (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 Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution Hong Kong Attorney monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
64,800 HKD or more
10% of people earn
56,800 to 64,800 HKD
20% of people earn
39,100 HKD or less
65% of people earn
39,100 to 56,800 HKD
Minimum Salary
31,400 HKD
65,300 HKD
109,000 HKD

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

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Attorney salaries in Hong Kong range from 31,400 HKD per month (starting salary) to 109,000 HKD 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 65,300 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 65,300 HKD while the other half are earning more than 65,300 HKD. 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 52,700 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 52,700 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 75,300 HKD while 25% are earning more than 75,300 HKD.

  • 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 39,100 HKD to 56,800 HKD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 39,100 HKD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 56,800 HKD to 64,800 HKD. Only 5% of people grossed 64,800 HKD or more.

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Attorney average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
35,700 HKD
2 - 5 Years+34%
47,700 HKD
5 - 10 Years+48%
70,400 HKD
10 - 15 Years+22%
85,900 HKD
15 - 20 Years+9%
93,600 HKD
20+ Years+8%
101,000 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong 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 35,700 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 47,700 HKD 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 70,400 HKD 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 85,900 HKD 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 93,600 HKD 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 101,000 HKD 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 Hong Kong

Bachelor's Degree
40,700 HKD
Master's Degree+57%
63,900 HKD
107,000 HKD
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 40,700 HKD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 63,900 HKD per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

People with PhD have an average salary of 107,000 HKD 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 Hong Kong costs anywhere from 183,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 549,000 Hong Kong 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

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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 Hong Kong earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

72,300 HKD
64,400 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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


Attorney(s) in Hong Kong 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.

Hong Kong / 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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

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

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

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

Average Salary 2019
59,100 HKD
Average Salary 2020+4%
61,300 HKD
Average Salary 2021+4%
63,600 HKD
Average Salary 2022+4%
65,900 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney salaries in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong

390 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 390 HKD. This means that the average Attorney in Hong Kong earns approximately 390 HKD 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 Hong Kong is 180 HKD. 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

68,300 HKD
44,100 HKD
36,600 HKD
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Attorney is 55% 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 Judge97,000 HKD+42%
Arbitrator41,500 HKD-39%
Associate Attorney42,400 HKD-38%
Attorney68,300 HKD-0%
Bailiff21,000 HKD-69%
Barrister17,300 HKD-75%
Candidate Attorney38,100 HKD-44%
Conciliator32,100 HKD-53%
Contracts Manager40,500 HKD-41%
Contracts Negotiator32,700 HKD-52%
Conveyancing Secretary18,500 HKD-73%
Corporate Counsel51,500 HKD-25%
Counsel47,900 HKD-30%
Court Clerk15,700 HKD-77%
Court Judicial Assistant26,200 HKD-62%
Court Liaison Specialist30,300 HKD-56%
Court Reporter27,100 HKD-60%
Court Representative20,800 HKD-70%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer96,900 HKD+42%
Immigration Executive48,400 HKD-29%
In House Counsel47,300 HKD-31%
Intellectual Property Specialist32,300 HKD-53%
Judge Advocate75,900 HKD+11%
Law Clerk16,100 HKD-76%
Lawyer69,600 HKD+2%
Legal Administrative Assistant18,200 HKD-73%
Legal Advisor41,300 HKD-40%
Legal Assistant18,300 HKD-73%
Legal Associate31,600 HKD-54%
Legal Consultant41,200 HKD-40%
Legal Counsel49,200 HKD-28%
Legal Editor32,000 HKD-53%
Legal Executive61,700 HKD-10%
Legal Executive Secretary18,600 HKD-73%
Legal IP Officer17,200 HKD-75%
Legal Officer21,200 HKD-69%
Legal Services Director78,400 HKD+15%
Legal Services Manager77,700 HKD+14%
Legal Support Worker12,900 HKD-81%
Legislative Liaison32,200 HKD-53%
Litigation Attorney80,500 HKD+18%
Litigation Paralegal41,100 HKD-40%
Magistrate Judge108,000 HKD+58%
Paralegal26,100 HKD-62%
Patent Attorney49,700 HKD-27%
Staff Attorney55,000 HKD-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 Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
35,500 HKD
Public Sector+10%
39,200 HKD
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 Hong Kong?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 65,300 HKD and 75,300 HKD. 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 Hong Kong is ranges from 52,700 HKD to 75,300 HKD. 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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