Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey provides a comprehensive, independent review of salaries paid for 60+ legal, management and support roles at Australian and New Zealand law firms, broken down by location and firm size so you can compare compensation strategies with like firms. The survey also reveals the hottest HR issues and challenges for the legal industry in Australia and New Zealand.

Participation is free and open to all law firms in Australia and New Zealand. 

Everyone who completes the survey receives a complimentary copy of the research report. This report costs $550 for non-participating ALPMA members, or $2,200 for non-members (including GST).     

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Survey Matters has been engaged to conduct the survey on behalf of ALPMA, to ensure independence and confidentiality of data. Survey Matters is a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) and is bound by the AMSRS Code of Professional Behaviour and the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988.

All data submitted to this survey will be held as strictly confidential and used for the sole purpose of compiling the survey report for participating firms. Individual responses will not be identified; the information you provide will be consolidated with that provided by other industry participants and provided to ALPMA in aggregate only. All data you provide will be de-identified immediately following the provision of results to ALPMA.

2018 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey - NOW OPEN

Participation is free and now open for all New Zealand law firms.



Last year, 94 New Zealand law firms from across the country, employing 2,259 people, completed the survey, making it the most comprehensive study of salaries and remuneration at NZ law firms.

As well as covering the current issues in HR, benefits, staffing profiles, salary data, anticipated salary increases and recruitment intentions, this year’s survey has been expanded to include valuable information on bonuses paid and parental leave.

How to participate

1. Nominate one person from your firm to complete the survey and ensure accuracy
This research is designed to be completed by the one person at each law firm for all positions at the firm – rather than by individual staff members for their own positions. Please nominate one person from your firm to complete the survey, entering salary data for all positions at the firm. If your firm spans multiple cities, please complete the survey separately for each location, answering questions for that location. Please ensure accuracy of data entered.

2. Download the Preparation Checklist and gather information
Before commencing the online survey, please read the Preparation Checklist and gather your information. This will ensure you have everything you need to participate in the survey at your fingertips. A calculations spreadsheet is also available to help you calculate average salaries.


3. Complete the survey online by 18 February 2018

The confidential online survey will take approximately 30 - 60 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your firm (and your level of preparation). Start the survey now.

If you have any questions about the survey or need assistance, please contact Connie Finestone, ALPMA's Operations Manager at c.finestone@alpma.com.au or call +61 3 8644 7055.

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Earlier opening of 2018 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The 2018 Australian Study will open on 5 February 2018, with results to participants earlier this year - by 20 April 2018,  in time for salary reviews and firm budgeting.


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2017 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The 2017 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey was conducted in March, 2017. More than 280 firms participated in the survey, proudly supported by In2View RecruitmentIPAKaleidoscope Legal Recruitment and KBE Human Capital.  

The 2017 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary and HR Issues Report  provides reliable information on salary trends for a comprehensive range of positions and experience levels at law firms across the country and helps firms benchmark their compensation strategy to like firms. It also provides valuable insight on the critical HR issues and challenges facing Australian law firms. In 2017, 285 Australian law firms from across Australia, employing 9,623 people completed the survey. The report includes:
  • details of salaries paid for 70+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across Australia - broken down by State and size of  firm, with legal salaries further analysed by practice area
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses paid by firms
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing and turnover ratios to measure firm productivity and performance
  • anticipated salary increases and law firm recruitment intentions for the next 12 months
  • the key HR issues and challenges facing law firms in 2017
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.

Read the media release

View the Results Infographics



2017 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The 2017 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary and HR Issues Report provides reliable information on salary trends for a comprehensive range of positions and experience levels at law firms across the country and helps firms benchmark their compensation strategy to like firms. 94 New Zealand law firms from across the country, employing 2,259 people, completed the survey.

The report includes:

  • details of salaries paid for 40+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across New Zealand - broken down by location and size offirm
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing ratios to measure firm productivity, staff turnover and performance
  • anticipated salary increases and law firm recruitment intentions for the next 12 months.
  • the key HR issues and challenges facing law firms in 2017.
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.
All participants who completed the survey have been emailed their complimentary copy of the report.  ALPMA members who did not participate can purchase the report for $550, while non-members who did not participate can purchase the report for $2,200.

Read the media release

View the Results Infographics




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