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Attorney Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does an Attorney make in Hong Kong?


Average Monthly Salary
62,900 HKD
( 755,000 HKD yearly)

LOW
29,000
HKD
AVERAGE
62,900
HKD
HIGH
100,000
HKD

A person working as an Attorney in Hong Kong typically earns around 62,900 HKD per month. Salaries range from 29,000 HKD (lowest) to 100,000 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 Salary Distribution in Hong Kong

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Hong Kong range from 29,000 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 100,000 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 68,000 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 68,000 HKD while the other half are earning more than 68,000 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

    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 43,600 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 43,600 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 90,800 HKD while 25% are earning more than 90,800 HKD.


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 32,900 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 43,900 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 64,900 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(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 79,100 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 86,200 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 93,300 HKD per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Attorney average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
32,900 HKD
2 - 5 Years+34%
43,900 HKD
5 - 10 Years+48%
64,900 HKD
10 - 15 Years+22%
79,100 HKD
15 - 20 Years+9%
86,200 HKD
20+ Years+8%
93,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

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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 37,500 HKD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 58,800 HKD per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 98,700 HKD per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.


Attorney average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

Bachelor's Degree
37,500 HKD
Master's Degree+57%
58,800 HKD
PhD+68%
98,700 HKD
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 Hong Kong costs anywhere from 230,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 691,000 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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Attorney Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Hong Kong 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 18% more than their female counterparts.

Female
57,700 HKD
Male+18%
68,200 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

Attorney(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 30 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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong
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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 2019

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

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

33% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 67% 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
67%
No Bonus
33%

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 Attorney employees in Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
44,700 HKD
Public Sector+10%
49,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

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Average Salary 2016
54,400 HKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
56,400 HKD
Average Salary 2018+4%
58,500 HKD
Average Salary 2019+4%
60,700 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney salaries in Hong Kong are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong


360 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 360 HKD. This means that the average Attorney in Hong Kong earns approximately 360 HKD 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

Salary Comparison Between Attorney and Legal monthly Hong Kong
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The average salary for Attorney is 24% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge67,300 HKD+7%
Arbitrator50,100 HKD-20%
Associate Attorney47,800 HKD-24%
Attorney62,900 HKD-0%
Bailiff37,300 HKD-41%
Barrister30,900 HKD-51%
Candidate Attorney44,500 HKD-29%
Conciliator38,600 HKD-39%
Contracts Manager53,400 HKD-15%
Contracts Negotiator49,400 HKD-22%
Conveyancing Secretary27,500 HKD-56%
Corporate Counsel47,900 HKD-24%
Counsel44,600 HKD-29%
Court Clerk29,000 HKD-54%
Court Judicial Assistant38,100 HKD-39%
Court Liaison Specialist40,700 HKD-35%
Court Reporter47,300 HKD-25%
Court Representative42,800 HKD-32%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer72,800 HKD+16%
Immigration Executive68,400 HKD+9%
In House Counsel42,000 HKD-33%
Intellectual Property Specialist44,000 HKD-30%
Judge Advocate65,500 HKD+4%
Law Clerk30,200 HKD-52%
Lawyer66,900 HKD+6%
Legal Administrative Assistant32,000 HKD-49%
Legal Advisor52,700 HKD-16%
Legal Assistant31,100 HKD-51%
Legal Associate39,400 HKD-37%
Legal Consultant52,500 HKD-17%
Legal Counsel50,700 HKD-19%
Legal Editor40,000 HKD-36%
Legal Executive49,800 HKD-21%
Legal Executive Secretary33,300 HKD-47%
Legal IP Officer28,600 HKD-55%
Legal Officer32,500 HKD-48%
Legal Services Director75,100 HKD+19%
Legal Services Manager68,500 HKD+9%
Legal Support Worker26,200 HKD-58%
Legislative Liaison40,200 HKD-36%
Litigation Attorney64,500 HKD+2%
Litigation Paralegal62,500 HKD-1%
Magistrate Judge70,200 HKD+12%
Paralegal62,000 HKD-1%
Patent Attorney63,400 HKD+1%
Staff Attorney60,000 HKD-5%
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