Apr 10, 2017 - News

How much are lawyers and legal professionals paid in Charlotte? View legal salaries

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The Agenda recently surveyed our smart, good looking daily newsletter subscribers and asked them uncomfortable questions, like – “How much do you get paid?” Below are the survey results from lawyers and legal professionals. 

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Average salary for lawyers and common legal positions in Charlotte:

  • Paralegal — $47,250 base salary & $2,758 annual bonus
  • Staff Attorney — $61,166 base salary & $2,166 annual bonus
  • Associate — $134,318 base salary & $5,631 annual bonus
  • Partner — $266,666 base salary & $24,555 annual bonus

[Note: Looking for a job? Here are 100+ fresh, open jobs recently posted to the Agenda job board]

Lawyer and legal professional compensation change from 2016 to 2017:

  • Decrease in pay: 1%
  • Same pay: 32%
  • < 5% raise: 32%
  • 5% – 10% raise: 18%
  • 10% – 20% raise: 11%
  • 20%+ raise: 4%

How did Charlotte’s legal professionals land their jobs?

  • Professional connection: 27%
  • Recruited for the position: 22%
  • Online job search site: 19%
  • Referred by friend or family: 18%
  • Company/Firm’s website: 5%
  • Headhunter: 5%
  • Networking event: 1%
  • Other: 4%

Anonymous lawyer and legal professional salary survey results (raw data) – sorted by job title:

Assistant District Attorney — $56,000 base salary
Assistant General Counsel — $175,000 base salary & $15,000 annual bonus
Assistant Public Defender — $50,000 base salary
Assistant Public Defender — $50,000 base salary
Assistant Solicitor — $40,000 base salary
Associate — $100,000 base salary & $5,000 annual bonus
Associate — $120,000 base salary & $9,000 annual bonus
Associate — $180,000 base salary & $10,000 annual bonus
Associate — $165,000 base salary & $12,400 annual bonus
Associate — $230,000 base salary & $20,000 annual bonus
Associate — $75,000 base salary
Associate — $160,000 base salary
Associate — $84,000 base salary
Associate — $190,000 base salary
Associate — $155,000 base salary
Associate — $250,000 base salary & $30,000 annual bonus
Associate — $90,000 base salary & $500 annual bonus
Associate — $60,000 base salary & $3,000 annual bonus
Associate — $85,000 base salary & $7,500 annual bonus
Associate — $74,000 base salary & $8,000 annual bonus
Associate — $155,000 base salary & $15,000 annual bonus
Associate — $150,000 base salary
Associate — $165,000 base salary
Associate — $75,000 base salary
Associate — $135,000 base salary
Associate — $48,000 base salary
Associate — $150,000 base salary
Associate — $107,000 base salary & $3,500 annual bonus
Attorney — $85,000 base salary & $3,500 annual bonus
Attorney — $90,000 base salary & $5,000 annual bonus
Attorney — $155,000 base salary
Attorney — $90,000 base salary
Attorney — $155,000 base salary
Attorney — $57,000 base salary
Attorney — $60,000 base salary
Attorney (Associate) — $68,000 base salary & $1,000 annual bonus
Attorney (Associate) — $125,000 base salary & $15,000 annual bonus
Civil Litigation Attorney — $50,000 base salary
Client Liaison — $35,360 base salary
Commercial Real Estate Paralegal — $73,500 base salary & $4,000 annual bonus
Director — $67,100 base salary & $8,000 annual bonus
Director — $51,000 base salary & $25,000 annual bonus
General Counsel — $58,000 base salary
Legal Assistant — $28,000 base salary & $1,000 annual bonus
Legal Assistant — $42,500 base salary
Legal Assistant — $50,000 base salary
Legal Assistant/Office Manger — $65,500 base salary & $2,500 annual bonus
Legal Billing Analyst – — $45,000 base salary & $2,500 annual bonus
Legal counsel — $84,000 base salary & $3,000 annual bonus
Legal secretary — $70,000 base salary
Library director — $70,000 base salary & $2,300 annual bonus
Litigation Manager — $85,000 base salary & $8,500 annual bonus
Marketing Director — $40,500 base salary
Marketing Director — $60,000 base salary
Marketing Manager — $30,000 base salary
non equity shareholder — $120,000 base salary & $35,000 annual bonus
Office Manager Paralegal — $68,000 base salary & $5,000 annual bonus
Owner/Managing Attorney — $78,000 base salary
Paralegal — $21,000 base salary & $550 annual bonus
Paralegal — $47,000 base salary & $1,000 annual bonus
Paralegal — $82,000 base salary & $3,000 annual bonus
Paralegal — $51,000 base salary & $5,000 annual bonus
Paralegal — $37,500 base salary
Paralegal Manager — $95,000 base salary & $5,000 annual bonus
Paralegal, Commercial Real Estate— $45,000 base salary & $7,000 annual bonus
Part time (32hrs/wk) Associate lawyer — $138,000 base salary & $12,000 annual bonus
Partner — $175,000 base salary
Partner — $185,000 base salary & $15,000 annual bonus
Partner — $150,000 base salary & $16,000 annual bonus
Partner — $170,000 base salary & $25,000 annual bonus
Partner — $500,000 base salary & $35,000 annual bonus
Partner — $290,000 base salary & $100,000 annual bonus
Partner — $260,000 base salary
Partner — $400,000 base salary
Partner — $270,000 base salary & $30,000 annual bonus
Payroll & Benefits Manager — $64,000 base salary & $2,000 annual bonus
Practice Assistant — $70,000 base salary & $700 annual bonus
Professional Development Manager — $76,000 base salary & $6,000 annual bonus
Professional Legal Assistant — $60,200 base salary & $850 annual bonus
Recruiter — $61,000 base salary
Recruiting Manager — $65,000 base salary & $1,200 annual bonus
Senior Business Development Coordinator — $66,000 base salary & $1,000 annual bonus
Staff Attorney — $54,000 base salary & $5,000 annual bonus
Staff Attorney — $87,000 base salary & $1,500 annual bonus
Staff Attorney for a non-profit organization — $42,500 base salary

[Note: Looking for a job? Here are 100+ fresh, open jobs recently posted to the Agenda job board]

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