Legal Salary Data and Hiring Trends

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How much should I earn — or pay?

Law firms and corporate legal departments are adjusting the way they operate, recruit and offer services due to the COVID-19 crisis. Get a handle on changes to hiring trends and starting salary ranges for nearly 50 legal positions with the 2021 Robert Half Legal Salary Guide.

What's the job worth?

Putting salary ranges in percentiles, as the guides have done since 2018, gives you the detailed data you need to determine the right offer based on a candidate's experience and skill set and demand for the role.

What does it take to land top talent?

Find out which legal specialties and practice areas are in highest demand — and have the highest salaries. Also learn how benefits have been affected due to the economic downturn and what perks might attract the most skilled professionals.

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

We match the right candidates with great jobs every day. The placements we make help us identify the emerging hiring and compensation trends you'll find in the Salary Guide.

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In-demand practice areas

Legal professionals with experience in the following high-demand practice areas are seeing competitive salaries – and multiple job offers.

Contracts - Businesses need help with reviewing agreements and negotiating leases, and financial institutions need legal teams to revise contracts as they transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate to a new baseline rate by the end of 2021.

Labor and employment - Businesses need legal advice for employee health, safety and privacy; office reentry; workplace discrimination; and wrongful terminations, among other issues.

Healthcare - Hospitals, medical providers, insurance companies and drug manufacturers need legal counsel as they tackle litigation, compliance, insurance defense, payment disputes and patient privacy matters.

Privacy, data security and information law - Companies need data privacy specialists who can help them navigate the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) and U.S. state-specific laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Data security experts are needed to safeguard corporate assets and confidential information as more employees work remotely.

Download the guide to learn about other in-demand practice areas and use the Salary Calculator to see starting salary ranges for nearly 50 legal jobs.

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