Salary guide

View the current salary guide

By accessing ZSA’s Salary Guide, you acknowledge and agree that it is solely for non-commercial use and that the copyright is the exclusive property of ZSA Legal Recruitment Limited. This guide shall not be reproduced or disseminated in any part without ZSA’s written permission.

Toronto

Private Practice
Years Experience
Large Firm
Medium Firm
Small Firm
1 year$130,000$110,000$90,000
2 years$150,000$120,000$105,000
3 years$175,000$140,000$115,000
4 years$195,000$156,000$130,000
5 years$215,000$172,000$140,000
6 years$235,000$188,000$155,000
7 years$255,000$204,000$175,000 +
8 years
9 years
10 years
10 years+
 
In House
Years Experience
Average Salary Range
0-2 years$110,000 – $140,000
3-5 years$140,000 – $180,000
6-8 years$180,000 – $200,000
9+ years/General Counsel$200,000 – $300,000
 

Montreal

Private Practice
Years Experience
Large Firm
Medium Firm
Small Firm
1 year$110,000$80,000Varies
2 years$120,000$90,000 
3 years$135,000$105,000 
4 years$150,000$120,000 
5 years$165,000$130,000 
6 years$175,000$140,000 
7 years$190,000$150,000 
8 years 
9 years 
10 years 
10 years+ 
In House
Years Experience
Average Salary Range
0-2 years$85,000 – $100,000
3-5 years$95,000 – $125,000
6-8 years$120,000 – $155,000
9+ years/General Counsel$150,000+

Vancouver

Private Practice
Years Exp.
Large Firm
Medium Firm
Small Firm
1 year$115,000$92,000Varies
2 years$125,000$100,000 
3 years$140,000$112,000 
4 years$155,000$124,000 
5 years$175,000$140,000 
6 years$190,000$152,000 
7 years$200,000$160,000 
8 years 
9 years 
10 years 
10 years+ 
In House
Years Exp.
Average Salary
3-8 years$130,000 – $200,000
9+ years/General Counsel$190,000 – $250,000

Calgary

Private Practice
Years Experience
Large Firm
Medium Firm
Small Firm
1 year$100,000$80,000Varies
2 years$115,000$92,000 
3 years$145,000$116,000 
4 years$165,000$132,000 
5 years$185,000$148,000 
 
In House
Years Experience
Average Salary Range
3-8 years$135,000 – $150,000
8-15 years$175,000 – $200,000
General Counsel$225,000 – $275,000

Please note that the above salary information pertains to base salaries only, and does not include additional guaranteed or anticipated compensation, including signing or retention bonuses, equity-related compensation or other incentives, allowances or expenses. For more insight on total compensation, please contact us.


Vancouver

1050 West Pender Street, Suite 620 Vancouver B.C V6E 3S7

(604) 681-0706

vancouver@zsa.ca

Calgary

(403) 205-3444

calgary@zsa.ca

Toronto

200 University Avenue, Suite 1000 Toronto, ON M5H 3C6

(416) 368-2051

info@zsa.ca

Montreal

1470 Peel St, Suite 726 Montreal, Quebec H3A 1T1

(514) 228-2880

montreal@zsa.ca