Legal Salary Guide


Legal & Compliance

Salary Guide 2017

Legal Mid Tier Mid Tier Top Tier Top Tier
Top Tier Low High Low High
Solicitor 5 years + PQE 50 95 75 110
Solicitor 1-5 years PQE 45 85 45 90
Solicitor Newly Qualified 40 60 40 75
Legal Support
Company Secretary Manager 60 95
Company Secretary Junior 27 38
Legal Executive 25 48 25 48
Legal Secretary 26 45 26 45
Paralegal 30 48 30 48
Head of Legal In house 100 150
Legal Counsel In house 75 95
Head of Compliance 90 150
Compliance Manager 65 90
Compliance Officer 30 45

The Head Hunt International Legal  Salary Survey for 2017 contains recruitment benchmarks legal salaries for legal professionals in Ireland.

In 2016 we saw growth in legal practice sector in banking, corporate, funds  and property and firms hired candidates with mostly with one to five year post-qualification experience.

Roles recruited in 2016 included:

In-house Lawyers with commercial law expertise in technology, pharma and telecommunications sectors

Senior Associate

Company Secretary

Data protection & privacy law

In-House Lawyers Commercial in technology, pharmaceutical, telecommunications

Legal Secretary


New business acquisition


Firms mostly hired legal professionals with one to five years post qualification experience and newly-created roles due to new business acquisition.

Irish Solicitors based in the UK are interested in returning to Ireland post-Brexit.


Salaries increased within private practice at junior to mid-levels as firms competed to retain top talent.

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