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Legal Average Salaries in Hungary 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
590,000 HUF
( 7,070,000 HUF yearly)

LOW
183,000
HUF
AVERAGE
590,000
HUF
HIGH
1,470,000
HUF

A person working in Legal in Hungary typically earns around 590,000 HUF per month. Salaries range from 183,000 HUF (lowest average) to 1,470,000 HUF (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 Judge1,230,000 HUF
Arbitrator554,000 HUF
Associate Attorney569,000 HUF
Attorney932,000 HUF
Bailiff289,000 HUF
Barrister249,000 HUF
Candidate Attorney526,000 HUF
Conciliator448,000 HUF
Contracts Manager512,000 HUF
Contracts Negotiator412,000 HUF
Conveyancing Secretary235,000 HUF
Corporate Counsel650,000 HUF
Counsel685,000 HUF
Court Clerk201,000 HUF
Court Judicial Assistant334,000 HUF
Court Liaison Specialist387,000 HUF
Court Reporter365,000 HUF
Court Representative266,000 HUF
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer1,310,000 HUF
Immigration Executive655,000 HUF
In House Counsel657,000 HUF
Intellectual Property Specialist450,000 HUF
Judge Advocate992,000 HUF
Law Clerk218,000 HUF
Lawyer943,000 HUF
Legal Administrative Assistant249,000 HUF
Legal Advisor567,000 HUF
Legal Assistant250,000 HUF
Legal Associate418,000 HUF
Legal Consultant548,000 HUF
Legal Consultant566,000 HUF
Legal Counsel674,000 HUF
Legal Editor439,000 HUF
Legal Executive820,000 HUF
Legal Executive Secretary255,000 HUF
Legal IP Officer218,000 HUF
Legal Officer269,000 HUF
Legal Services Director1,070,000 HUF
Legal Services Manager1,060,000 HUF
Legal Support Worker171,000 HUF
Legislative Liaison442,000 HUF
Litigation Attorney1,080,000 HUF
Litigation Paralegal564,000 HUF
Magistrate Judge1,460,000 HUF
Paralegal357,000 HUF
Patent Attorney709,000 HUF
Staff Attorney746,000 HUF

Legal Jobs Salary Distribution in Hungary

Median and salary distribution monthly Hungary Legal
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Legal salaries in Hungary range from 183,000 HUF per month (minimum average salary) to 1,470,000 HUF per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 542,000 HUF per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Legal are earning less than 542,000 HUF while the other half are earning more than 542,000 HUF. 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 327,000 HUF while 75% of them are earning more than 327,000 HUF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Legal are earning less than 924,000 HUF while 25% are earning more than 924,000 HUF.


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 Hungary costs anywhere from 2,470,000 Forint(s) to 7,400,000 Forint(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

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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 Hungary who work in Legal earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
566,000 HUF
Male+7%
607,000 HUF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hungary for all Careers

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Legal Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hungary

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

Legal

Legal professionals in Hungary are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hungary Legal
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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.

Hungary / 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 Hungary is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

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

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

53% of surveyed staff in Legal reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 47% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
47%
No Bonus
53%

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 Hungary earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
474,000 HUF
Public Sector+9%
516,000 HUF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Legal Hourly Average Wage in Hungary


3,400 HUF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hungary is 3,400 HUF. This means that the average person in Hungary earns approximately 3,400 HUF 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 Hungary
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The average salary for Legal is 20% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Budapest598,000 HUF
Debrecen560,000 HUF
352500 - 2

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