Salary Guide

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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.

The below 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 a ZSA recruitment consultant or info@zsa.ca.

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 FIRM MEDIUM FIRM SMALL FIRM
1 year $130,000 $104,000 Varies
2 years $150,000 $120,000
3 years $175,000 $140,000
4 years $195,000 $156,000
5 years $215,000 $172,000
6 years $235,000 $188,000
7 years $255,000 $204,000

In-House

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 Salaries

Private Practice

EXPERIENCE LARGE FIRM MEDIUM FIRM SMALL FIRM
1 year $110,000 $80,000 Varies
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

In-House

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+

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 FIRM MEDIUM FIRM SMALL FIRM
1 year $115,000 $92,000 Varies
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

In-House

EXPERIENCE AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
3-8 years $130,000 – $200,000
9+ years/General Counsel $190,000 – $250,000

Calgary Salaries

Private Practice

EXPERIENCE LARGE FIRM MEDIUM FIRM SMALL FIRM
1 year $100,000 $80,000 Varies
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

EXPERIENCE AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
3-8 years $135,000 – $150,000
8-15 years $175,000 – $200,000
General Counsel $225,000 – $275,000

All amounts given are in Canadian Dollars