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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