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How much do solicitors earn?

The amount you earn as a solicitor may depend on:

  • your practice area
  • your sector (solicitors working in commerce and industry tend to earn more than those in government or private practice)
  • what stage of your career you’re at
  • the size of your organisation
  • your organisation's location in the UK

Trainee solicitors

Your salary will depend on the training contract offered by your employer.

There is no fixed amount that your employer must pay you. However, we recommend a minimum of £22,121 in London and £19,619 outside London.

Read our recommendations for a minimum salary for trainee solicitors 

Qualified solicitors

In 2018 the average salary (median gross) for solicitors working full-time in private practice was £62,000 each year.

Average annual salaries by region

Greater London – £88,000
South of England – £56,000
Midlands and Wales – £46,000
North of England – £43,000

Average annual salaries by seniority

Equity partner – £130,000
Salaried partner – £75,000
Associate solicitor – £65,000

Average annual bonus

In 2018, 49% of private practitioners working full time received a bonus. The median bonus was £5,000 and the mean was £10,725.

Costs of qualifying

If you do not have a training contract, universities and colleges can charge up to £9,000 each year for courses, not including living expenses.

Resources

Numbers of law students and solicitors 2017-18