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Legal Average Salaries in India 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
41,500 INR
( 498,000 INR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
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 salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Legal in India typically earns around 41,500 INR. Salaries range from 11,900 INR (lowest average) to 95,000 INR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Legal domain in India exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge85,500 INR
Arbitrator39,000 INR
Associate Attorney40,400 INR
Attorney61,800 INR
Bailiff19,500 INR
Barrister16,600 INR
Blockchain Lawyer45,100 INR
Candidate Attorney35,600 INR
Conciliator30,900 INR
Contracts Associate20,000 INR
Contracts Manager35,600 INR
Contracts Negotiator28,500 INR
Contracts Specialist20,000 INR
Conveyancing Secretary16,600 INR
Corporate Counsel45,100 INR
Counsel45,100 INR
Court Clerk14,300 INR
Court Judicial Assistant23,800 INR
Court Liaison Specialist27,600 INR
Court Reporter23,800 INR
Court Representative19,000 INR
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer85,500 INR
Data Privacy and Protection Lawyer54,200 INR
Digital Forensics Lawyer51,800 INR
E-discovery Lawyer57,000 INR
General Counsel80,800 INR
Genetics Lawyer63,700 INR
Immigration Executive42,800 INR
In House Counsel45,100 INR
Intellectual Property Lawyer58,000 INR
Intellectual Property Specialist30,900 INR
Judge Advocate66,500 INR
Law Clerk14,300 INR
Lawyer61,800 INR
Legal Administrative Assistant16,600 INR
Legal Advisor38,000 INR
Legal Assistant16,600 INR
Legal Associate28,900 INR
Legal Compliance Officer40,400 INR
Legal Consultant38,000 INR
Legal Consultant38,000 INR
Legal Content Writer33,300 INR
Legal Counsel45,100 INR
Legal Data Analyst34,200 INR
Legal Data Privacy Officer32,800 INR
Legal Editor29,300 INR
Legal Executive57,000 INR
Legal Executive Secretary17,100 INR
Legal IP Officer15,200 INR
Legal Officer19,000 INR
Legal Operations Manager67,500 INR
Legal Process Outsourcing Professional38,000 INR
Legal Project Manager76,000 INR
Legal Risk Analyst58,900 INR
Legal Secretary17,100 INR
Legal Services Director71,300 INR
Legal Services Manager71,300 INR
Legal Support Worker11,900 INR
Legal Technology Consultant29,500 INR
Legislative Liaison29,700 INR
Litigation Attorney76,000 INR
Litigation Paralegal38,000 INR
Litigation Support Specialist39,000 INR
Magistrate Judge95,000 INR
Paralegal23,800 INR
Patent Attorney46,600 INR
Privacy Compliance Officer30,100 INR
Privacy Lawyer52,300 INR
Social Media Lawyer47,500 INR
Staff Attorney48,900 INR
Venture Capital Lawyer65,100 INR
Web Content Lawyer48,500 INR

Legal Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in India

Median and salary distribution India Legal monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
46,500 INR or more
10% of people earn
37,900 to 46,500 INR
20% of people earn
19,100 INR or less
65% of people earn
19,100 to 37,900 INR
Minimum Salary
11,900 INR
38,200 INR
95,000 INR

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

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Legal in India range from 11,900 INR (starting average salary) to 95,000 INR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Legal is 38,200 INR, implying that half of the workforce in India earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Legal in India earn less than 28,100 INR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 48,200 INR, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Legal in India. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 19,100 INR to 37,900 INR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 19,100 INR mark, while 10% ranged from 37,900 INR to 46,500 INR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 46,500 INR or higher.

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 in Legal in India 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.

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.

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.
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?

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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Legal in India, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 India costs anywhere from 160,000 INR to 481,000 INR and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Legal / India

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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? In the field of Legal in India, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 14%.

44,600 INR
39,000 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in India for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Legal / India

How much are annual salary increments in India for individuals working in Legal? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Legal in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 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.

India / 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 rare 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 India is 7%.

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.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Legal / India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India Legal
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44% of surveyed staff in Legal reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% 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
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.

Hourly Average Wage / Legal / India

240 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Legal in India is 240 INR.This is the rate they get paid 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 fixed 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 people working in Legal in India is 69 INR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra37,800 INR
Ahmadabad46,700 INR
Bangalore44,900 INR
Bhopal41,000 INR
Chennai43,900 INR
Coimbatore38,900 INR
Delhi47,400 INR
Ghaziabad39,700 INR
Hyderabad48,500 INR
Indore41,400 INR
Jaipur46,000 INR
Kanpur42,400 INR
Kolkata45,500 INR
Lucknow42,900 INR
Ludhiana41,000 INR
Madurai36,400 INR
Mumbai47,500 INR
Nagpur42,400 INR
Patna38,200 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad41,300 INR
Pune44,100 INR
Surat45,500 INR
Vadodara39,300 INR
Visakhapatnam39,100 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands35,600 INR
Andhra Pradesh45,900 INR
Arunachal Pradesh38,700 INR
Assam44,300 INR
Bihar49,500 INR
Chandigarh37,100 INR
Chhatisgarh43,600 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli36,300 INR
Daman & Diu35,400 INR
Delhi42,400 INR
Goa38,500 INR
Gujarat46,800 INR
Haryana43,000 INR
Himachal Pradesh41,300 INR
Jammu & Kashmir42,200 INR
Jharkhand45,700 INR
Karnataka47,500 INR
Kerala45,400 INR
Lakshadweep35,400 INR
Madhya Pradesh49,000 INR
Maharashtra49,900 INR
Manipur40,700 INR
Meghalaya40,300 INR
Mizoram38,200 INR
Nagaland40,000 INR
Orissa46,600 INR
Pondicherry38,700 INR
Punjab44,900 INR
Rajasthan49,000 INR
Sikkim37,500 INR
Tamil Nadu48,600 INR
Tripura41,600 INR
Uttar Pradesh51,400 INR
Uttaranchal42,500 INR
West Bengal50,100 INR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in India is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
31,100 INR
Public Sector+5%
32,800 INR
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 in Legal in India?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 38,200 INR and 48,200 INR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the 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 salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Legal in India ranges from 11,900 INR to 28,100 INR. 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 with 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 the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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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