What do Kiwi lawyers earn? New Zealand law firm salary reviews show continued growth in internal roles

A gap between lawyers’ incomes in Auckland and Wellington has been highlighted in a survey by a law firm recruiter, with the capital eclipsing salaries in the early stages of their legal careers, but partners’ incomes in Auckland far exceeding those of the capital.

The survey, published by LawJob1 and led by recruiter Nicholas Scott Global also reflects the major shift of lawyers towards in-house legal roles, a trend that has continued in New Zealand for several years, with a significant proportion of the New Zealand legal profession working in-house, being both private, public and in NGOs and other organisations.

The survey confirms figures conducted by other recruiters in New Zealand, with a 2020-2021 survey showing salaries at leading law firms ranging from $70,000 to $75,000 up to $145,000 at $160,000 for senior partners at top firms.

The same survey indicated salaries for mid-level attorneys ranged from $65,000 to $70,000 up to $135,000 to $140,000 for senior partners.

Benefits accrued

The legal scene has also seen continued strong demand for applicants, as seen with LawFuel’s Legal Jobs Network Job Listings. The post-pandemic development that has also been significant has been the trend towards increased working flexibility for lawyers, as well as key benefits such as mental wellness programs, maternity leave and paternity benefits, extended leave, health and fitness benefits, travel allowances, hiring bonuses and part-time work opportunities.

It is also significant that many firms offer benefits and terms tailored to individual lawyers rather than having general benefit provisions.

Internal opportunities

The major change in recent years has been the growth of in-house legal roles, both in business organizations and in government and other roles.

Relatively high pay, benefits, opportunities for work-life balance, and other perks have made in-house legal roles more attractive, and several opportunities in law firms have also diminished in size firms. medium and small, further accelerating the evolution towards domestic law. the roles.

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Denise W. Whigham