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Salary Survey Report

Not surprisingly, the most common question that lawyers have in their careers is this: how much should I be getting paid as a lawyer? To help Queensland lawyers answer that question (and many more!), we’ve created the 2024 Queensland Legal Salary survey.

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How Much Should Queensland Lawyers Get Paid?

Whether you’re hunting for a new job, or just looking to be well informed in time for mid-year reviews, knowing what the market says about how much your firm should be paying you is a critical piece of information.

But it’s not always as simple as asking “how much should a 3-year post-admission lawyer get paid”.

There are many more factors to throw into the mix.

A third year lawyer in a top-tier firm in Sydney isn’t necessarily going to be paid the same as a third year lawyer in a small firm in central Queensland.

For that reason, trying to rely on interstate data and then wave a magic wand to come up with Queensland relevant figures isn’t going to work.

We’ve gone straight to the Queensland market, and have produced the only Queensland focused legal salary survey that exists.

A Legal Salary Survey Needs Reliable Sources, Reliable Data

To ensure that YOU can trust the data in our legal salary survey we teamed up with Queensland Young Lawyers to put together the survey itself, compile the data and produce relevant and important information for your legal career.

If you couldn’t trust the data in our salary report to be accurate, then we wouldn’t be putting our name on it.

Salary Surveys Aren’t Just About Money

While salary might seem like the biggest question to ask, it’s not the only question.

Working conditions, area of law, size of firm, location of your work, flexible working hours and many more factors are increasingly relevant when you’re trying to figure out your next career opportunity.

So, our salary survey report tells you not just about the dollars and cents, but also about what you can expect work to be like.

Is getting a bonus normal, or not? Is parental leave on offer everywhere, or are some firms going above and beyond? Should you expect to be able to work from home?

These additional questions form important parts of the decision making process, and so our legal salary survey report includes that information and more, to help you understand what the legal market has to offer, and whether or not your current employer is delivering on the things that matter most to you.

Track Historical Data

While it’s great to have up to date information, and our 2024 legal salary survey report will give that to you, sometimes you might want to check what the trends are and what’s come before.

If you’re interested, you can download our 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 legal salary survey report by clicking the relevant year.

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I was fortunate enough to meet with Peter and Ross at a Queensland Young Lawyers seminar, where they spent some time going through strategies for performance reviews. Until that point, I found those reviews to be overwhelming. With their advice in mind, I feel like I have been able to manage performance reviews with a sense of purpose, and to achieve the results I need. I am grateful Peppercorn Recruitment go beyond the traditional recruitment model, and can assist with overall career progression.

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In my first meeting with Peter and Ross I was fairly new to the market and uncertain about my career path while transitioning into a brand new market. They were direct and straightforward in our discussions while demonstrating a unique ability to offer creative solutions to career planning. I appreciated not only their market knowledge, but their understanding of working conditions, career goals and the specific issues that arise for lawyers at various stages in their careers. In my view this set them apart from any other recruiters I had previously dealt with. I have an implicit trust in Peter and Ross and continue to rely on them for their insight and feedback.

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Senior Employment Lawyer, Top Tier Law Firm

Peppercorn Recruitment take a considered and professional approach to servicing our legal recruitment briefs and demonstrate an exceptional understanding of the legal market. As known professionals in identifying high quality legal talent, both Ross and Peter provide exceptional support to us and take considerable time to understand our business; working as a true business partner with the firm to attract high quality legal talent. Our professional relationship continues to strengthen and I would highly recommend Peppercorn Recruitment in the provision of legal recruitment services.

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I wanted to change industries within law but didn't know where to start. Peter and Ross were able to guide me through the steps, with a long term strategy in mind. They had up to date salary and market information, and were able to discretely establish several opportunities for me to pursue. Importantly, I really feel like as former lawyers, they "got" the industry and the pressures and challenges which are unique to that. I happily recommend Peppercorn Recruitment to my peers.

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