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ZSA’s extensive network of clients across Canada means we have our finger on the pulse of current salary trends. Contact one of our experienced consultants today for more information on how ZSA can help you find a career that is an accurate reflection of your true value.

Note

Salaries given are averages for each particular city. Within each city, there can be great variation in salaries depending on the firm or organization. These salary tables are for information purposes only.

Toronto Salaries

Private Practice
EXPERIENCE
LARGE
MEDIUM
SMALL
1st year 100-110k 80-95k 65-85k
2nd year 120-130k 90-105k 75-90k
3rd year 130-150k 90-110k 80-100k
4th year 150-165k 120-150k 90-110k
5th year 155-170k 130k+ 100k+
6th year 160-190k 140k+ 100k+
7th year 170-225k 150k+ 100k+
Annual Bonus 10-25% varies varies

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In-House
EXPERIENCE
SALARY
1-4 years $85-140k
4-6 years $120-160k
7-10 years $140-190k
10+ years $175-300k

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Montreal Salaries

Private Practice
EXPERIENCE
NATIONAL FIRMS (Regardless of # of lawyers)
FIRMS WITH 90+ LAWYERS (Excluding National Firms)
FIRMS WITH 40-90 LAWYERS
FIRMS WITH 20-40 LAWYERS
1-2 years 85-108k 75-90k 60-85k 55-70k
3-4 years 96-120k 85-110k 70-90k 60-85k
5-6 years 115-160k 95-120k 85-110k 80-105k
7-9 years 130-185k 120-160k 100-130k 90-125k

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In-House
EXPERIENCE
SALARY
1-2 years 60-100k
3-4 years 70-115k
5-6 years 90-125k
7-9 years 110-150k
10+ years 125-225k+

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Partners

Considering the impact the type of clientele has on the remuneration, please contact Dominique Tardif in confidence, to further discuss your specific situation at 514-228-2880 Ext. 320, or by email at dtardif@zsa.ca.

*Law firms with less than 20 lawyers are not taken into account when determining the salary range, as it is difficult to set an average due to the discrepancy between salaries of firms this size.

*Excluding partners. The numbers exclude practitioners with a clientele who are receiving additional remuneration.

Vancouver Salaries

Private Practice
EXPERIENCE
*LARGE
MEDIUM
SMALL
1st year 90-100k 82-90k 78-85k
2nd year 100-115k 90-100k 85-95k
3rd year 115-125k 100-115k 95-110k
4th year 125-135k 110-125k 110-120k
5th year 135-145k 115-135k 110-130k
6th year 155k+ 130k+ 125k+

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* Large firms include leading specialty boutique firms

In-House
EXPERIENCE
SALARY
1-2 years 75-85k
3-5 years 90-110k
5-9+ years 110-150k
10+ years 155-250k+

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Calgary Salaries

Private Practice
EXPERIENCE
LARGE
MEDIUM
SMALL
1st year 95-105k 75-90k 65-80k
2nd year 105-130k 90-100k 80-90k
3rd year 135-150k 95-110k 90-105k
4th year 140-160k 110-130k 100-120k
5th year 160-180k 120-140k 110-130k
6th year 180-200k 130k+ 130k+
7th year 200k+
Annual Bonus 0-30% 0-20% 0-15%

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In-House
EXPERIENCE
SALARY
1-2 years 70-100k
3-5 years 100-130k
6-9 years 130-160k
10-12 years 150-180k
13+ years 180k+

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Edmonton Salaries

Private Practice
EXPERIENCE
LARGE
MEDIUM
SMALL
1st year 45-75k 40-65k 35-55k
2nd year 60-85k 55-75k 45-65k
3rd year 70-95k 60-85k 50-75k
4th year 75-100k 64-90k 55-85k
5th year 85-115k 70-110k 75-95k
6th year 95-125k 80-125k 75-100k
Annual Bonus 0-30% 0-25% 0-25%

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In-House
EXPERIENCE
SALARY
1-2 years 50-75k
3-5 years 70-140k

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Atlantic Canada Salaries

Private Practice
EXPERIENCE
LARGE
SMALL
1st year 50-55k 30-45k
2nd year 55-68k 40-55k
3rd year 60-75k 50-75k
4th year 60-80k 60-75k
5th year 70-90k 60-80k
6th year 80-100k 65-85k
7th year 90-110k 75k+

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*Note

This survey is based on the salaries of lawyers in private practice working in the downtown core.

For purposes of this survey:

SMALL = law firms with less than 50 lawyers.
LARGE =  law firms with more than 50 lawyers.

**Note

This survey is based on the salaries of lawyers in private practice working in the downtown core of each respective city.

For purposes of this survey:

SMALL = law firms with less than 50 lawyers not including boutique law firms.
MEDIUM = law firms with 50–125 lawyers, including boutique law firms.
LARGE = law firms with more than 125 lawyers.

***In-House

These salaries are averages only and cannot be categorized as easily due to a variety of factors. These salaries do not include any bonus payments, stock options, pensions or benefits that will increase the all-in package. Most in-house positions will include benefits and options that on average will increase the “all-in” package by 30% to 50%.

***All amounts given are in Canadian Dollars