Robert Half Legal compares US and Canadian salary statistics
Legal placement firm Robert Half Legal has released its annual Salary Guide, which tracks trends in legal compensation and hiring in the US and Canada.
The survey is based upon information provided by 200 lawyers from the largest law firms and corporations in the United States, and includes trend analysis and salary data for in-house lawyers in the U.S. and Canada.
The survey reports that general counsel are, in general, "expanding their internal teams to bring more work in-house, contain costs, and support business growth. This trend is keeping pressure on outside counsel to offer competitive pricing and improve service delivery."
According to the survey, the most experienced in-house counsel (with 10–12 years of experience) in the US had a 2011 salary range of $126,250–$218,250, and a projected 2012 range of $130,750–$225,500. On the other end of the scale, first-year in-house attorneys had a 2011 salary range of $63,750–$95,500, and projected 2012 range of $64,000–$98,250.
In Canada, experienced in-house attorneys had a 2011 range of $135,500–$219,000, and a projected 2012 range of $140,250–$225,000; Canadian first-year in-house associates had a 2011 range of $57,500–$76,000, and a projected 2012 range of $58,000–$77,250.
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