Legal Salary Data and Hiring Trends



As law firms and companies compete for the best lawyers and legal support staff, you need to be aware of the latest compensation and hiring trends. The 2020 Robert Half Legal Salary Guide provides starting salary ranges for nearly 50 legal positions.

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, skill set, and the complexity of 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 you can use benefits, perks, incentives and your corporate culture to attract the most skilled professionals.

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

Robert Half Legal staffing professionals match the right candidates with great jobs every day. These placements help us identify 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 some of the biggest salaries — and multiple job offers.


Business and corporate law — Corporate legal departments are outsourcing less work and need people versed in contract administration, compliance, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, property issues, shareholder rights, and product development.


Real estate — Lease administrators and title closers are needed to support high demand for commercial and residential real estate. Companies also need people with commercial real estate expertise to expand through new leases and construction.


Litigation — As caseloads rise, litigation continues to be a catalyst for legal job growth, driving demand for experience in insurance defense, commercial litigation, employment, securities, corporate governance and intellectual property.


Compliance — As federal, state and local regulations on data security, lease accounting and human resources grow more complex, companies need experienced compliance managers and analysts.


Privacy, data security and information law — As cybersecurity issues proliferate, law firms and companies are seeking legal professionals with data privacy experience. Subject matter experts with legal backgrounds are also being hired to help safeguard confidential data, support cross-border data transfer, and establish policies and procedures to minimize risk.

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