US lawyers to see 3% rise in salary in 2013

November 1, 2012 US lawyers are expected to see an average 3 percent rise in salary in 2013, according to the Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide. The largest salary growth is expected for associates, paralegals and legal secretaries at midsize and small-to-midsize law firms.

"As law firms focus on pursuing new revenue opportunities, the market is strengthening for mid- and senior-level associates with business development skills, extensive client contacts and experience in high-demand practice areas such as healthcare, commercial law and litigation," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "While salaries have not yet returned to pre-recession levels, many hiring managers are offering above-average compensation and bonuses to attract the industry's best candidates and retain their most valuable employees."

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