The reasons why many choose to take a solicitor career path are that it is a respected and exciting profession, highly rewarding, and with great career progression opportunities. However, that’s not all. Becoming a solicitor comes with an idea of more than satisfactory income.

For solicitors to be, who are yet to enter the real world of law, how much they will get paid is intriguing information. Luckily, you don’t need to wait for your first contract to find out how much a trainee or newly qualified solicitor earns.   

Many law firms openly publish trainee and newly qualified solicitor salaries. They put the salary information on their website to show transparency in recruitment. 

So, based on public information, research, and many inquiries, here comes the information you’ve been looking for on trainee and newly qualified solicitor salaries in the UK. 

Bear in mind that salaries depend on the type of law you practice, the firm you work for, and the city you are located in. There is also the outside influence, as the economy and demand for certain areas of law influence the wages.

With every change in demand comes a change in income. So, approach this post with realistic expectations, or better yet, no expectations at all. 

 

What to expect: trainee salaries

As it was mentioned, trainee salaries are influenced by many factors. However, what you can expect as a trainee is to earn between £24,000 and £50,000. 

International firms and reputable firms are leading in terms of high wages. But if you want to get a position that pays well you’ll need to ace your CV and interview. 

What’s important to know is that a trainee that works at a regional office of a London-based firm will be paid less than a trainee in London. The official solicitor for thewordpoint translation and localisation service who was a trainee in Nottingham confirms this information.

 

What to expect: newly qualified solicitor salaries

The salary situation for newly qualified solicitors isn’t looking bad. Their wages vary from around £30,000 to over £100,000.

The solicitor for pickwriters a translation service that also provides certified document translation, explained that the high-wage can determine solicitors’ direction. However, the pay shouldn’t avert newly qualified solicitors from what truly matters – practicing law that they are passionate about. 

 

Salaries by law firms

Based on our research on some top law firms, what you’ll find below is the information on salaries in different law firms.

If you want to inquire more about work opportunities, you can head to their website and get in touch with them directly. 

Besides areas of law and location, you can also read about these firms’ company culture on their website. All of this matters for finding the right fit for your trainee or newly qualified solicitor position.

 

TRAINEE SALARY

– 1st year 

£46,000 

£48,000

£36,000

£40,000

£25,000

£34,000

£43,000

£39,000

£37,000

£45,000

£31,000

£50,000

£46,000

£37,000

£45,000

£24,000

£26,010

£32,250

£52,000

£43,000

£34,000

£33,250

£47,000

£44,000

£36,668

£46,000

£38,000

£42,000

£47,000

£24,500

£38,000

£48,000

£40,500

£34,000

£45,000

£36,500

£43,000

£35,000

£31,500

£40,000

£46,500

£24,000

TRAINEE SALARY

– 2nd year 

£49,000

£52,000

£38,000

£42,000

£26,500

£36,000

£49,000

£42,500

£39,000

£51,000

£32,750

£55,000

£50,000

£39,000

£50,000

£24,500

£28,050

£34,250

£59,000

£48,000

£36,000

£37,188

£52,500

£49,000

£38,754

£51,000

£40,000

£42,000

£52,000

£26,500

£40,000

£52,000

£42,125

£37,000

£49,000

£38,500

£47,000

£36,000

£33,500

£44,000

£52,000

£26,000

SOLICITOR

– Newly qualified

£90,000

£90,000

£62,000

£64,000

£40,000

£57,500

£79,000

£65,000

£62,000

£100,000

£51,250

£120,000

£125,000

£60,000

£105,000

£40,500

£35,000

£48,250

£100,000

£85,000

£58,000

£54,688

£90,000

£80,000

£64,445

£90,000

£65,000

£72,000

£115,000

£37,500

£65,000

£85,000

£61,500

£58,250

£90,000

£58,250

£75,000

£50,000

£55,000

£77,000

£85,000

£36,500

*Keep in mind that this information can be subject to a change.

Conclusion

Salary may not be the only concern you have, but it is a notable factor for any job seeker. With the fickle nature of salaries in the field of law, you can’t be certain how much you’ll earn. However, as long as you love what you do, your passion will pay off.

 

Author Charlotte Banks is a freelance blogger and an educator. She’s also one of the writers and an experienced essayist. – Image source: Photo by Clarisse Meyer on Unsplash 

 

Search the latest Solicitor jobs

Share This