Gatehouse Legal Recruitment has just released its 2018–2019 Private Practice/Australia Salary Guide, utilising a compilation of salary and market information to determine remuneration of those who work in the business of law, including superannuation but not bonuses or other benefits.
The company’s guide highlighted a considerable difference between the lawyers starting off their careers in a top-tier firm versus those at a boutique, but also offered further detail into what legal support/business services people tend to receive as a salary while working at a law firm.
Kicking off in legal and office support, the guide showed legal receptionists earn between $45,000–$60,000, while legal secretaries with over four years’ experience earn between $70,000–$80,000.
Paralegals earn between $65,000–$90,000 and senior conveyancers earn between $70,000–$90,000, according to the guide.
In the office support category, the guide noted that mailroom clerks earn between $40,000–$50,000, administration assistants earn between $45,000–$60,000, and float legal secretaries earn between $65,000–$75,000.
In the accountancy and finance space, payroll officers earn between $50,000–$65,000, while supervisors/accounts managers earn between $65,000–$100,000 and bookkeepers earn between $50,000–$75,000. Meanwhile finance directors/CFOs earn above anywhere between $115,000–$250,000 while accountants earn between $80,000–$100,000, the guide noted.
Lastly, the guide detailed the earnings of those in the practice management/human resources side of the business of law.
Practice managers earn between $85,000–$120,000, while legal HR assistants earn between $50,000–$65,000 and legal HR advisers earn between $70,000–$95,000.
Legal HR managers at firms with less than 250 employees earn between $80,000–$130,000, while those with between 250 and 1,000 employees earn between $100,000–$160,000 and those with over 1000 staff earn between $100,000–$200,000.
Meanwhile, legal HR directors at firms with less than 250 employees earn between $120,000–$200,000, while those with between 250 and 1,000 employees earn between $150,000–$250,000 and those with over 1,000 employees earn between $150,000–$350,000.
Emma Ryan is the deputy head of editorial at Momentum Media and editor of its legal publication, Lawyers Weekly.
She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).