How Much Do UK Solicitors Earn?

How Much Do UK Solicitors Earn?

There are a number of factors that affect how much a solicitor earns in the UK, including the practice area, sector, career stage, size of the organisation, and location. Solicitors working in commerce and industry tend to earn more than those in government or private practice.

For trainee solicitors or those who have just passed both the SQE1 and SQE2, their salary depends on the training contract offered by their employer. There is no fixed amount that employers must pay to trainee solicitors. However, the Law Society recommends a minimum of £23,703 in London and £21,024 outside London.

For qualified solicitors working full-time in private practice, currently the estimated annual average salary is around £68,000 each year. However, location and seniority are major factors affecting the amount of salary a solicitor gets.

By Location (estimated)
Greater London – £92,000
South of England – £59,000
Midlands and Wales – £49,000
North of England – £46,000

By seniority (estimated)
Equity partner – £138,000
Salaried partner – £82,000
Associate solicitor – £70,000

Around 50% of private practitioners working full time receive a bonus. The median bonus is around £6,500 and the mean is around £12,000.
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