2023 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey



Report released on

18 April 2023

StatusNew Report Available

PricingMembersAUD 550 inc GST
Non-Members AUD 2,200 inc GST

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The annual report of salaries and remuneration within Australian law firms is now available

In 2023, 307 Australian law offices, employing over 9,700 people, reported their employment and staffing experiences as of 1 January 2023, making it the most comprehensive, independent HR and remuneration study (including actual salaries paid) within the legal industry.

2023 Key Findings

Overall, average wages in the Australian legal industry increased by 4.1%, outstripping national wage growth of 3.3%.


Legal Industry



Employment growth increased slightly over the last twelve months, meeting pre-pandemic levels. The percent of law firms increasing their headcount climbed to 44% over 2022 — up from 34% in 2021 — while the percent of firms that decreased their staffing numbers stayed steady at 22%.

Increased Headcount
Decreased Headcount

Nearly four out of five firms intend to recruit solicitors and lawyers in 2023, whereas intention to recruit executive or management roles over 2023 has fallen to 4%.

Solicitors / Lawyers
Management / Executives

For more details about how these factors differ based on location and firm size, read the final report.

Get the 2023 Salary Survey Report

Firms who did not participate can purchase the report for $550 (ALPMA members) or $2,200 (non-members). All prices include GST.

Participating firms have received a complimentary copy of the report.  If you haven't received the the email with your copy of the report, please contact us.

Why purchase the report?
  • provides insight into current & future issues in HR;
  • defines staffing profiles & roles (70+ positions);
  • outlines Firm & individual benefits;
  • provides current salary data - from Graduates to Equity Partners (and everything in between);
  • provides insights into anticipated salary increases & bonus structures;
  • outlines recruitment intentions for the coming year;
  • identifies other entitlements on offer at firms; and
  • most importantly allows you to benchmark your firm against 300+ firms across Australia.
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If you have any questions about the research or need assistance, please contact our research team.

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