Summary Salary Findings from NALP's 2018 Survey of Legal Career Professionals

NALP Bulletin, November 2018

NALP's 2018 Survey of Legal Career Professionals reveals that individuals whose jobs involve primarily professional development at the department head or first level continue, as a group, to earn more than individuals whose jobs involve primarily recruiting or those whose jobs are a mix of both. Among second-level positions, the difference reflects at least in part the greater incidence of coordinators/administrators at this level on the recruiting side than on the professional development side. See Tables 1 and 2.

NALP's 2018 Survey of Legal Career Professionals collected information from individuals whose jobs involve recruiting, professional development, diversity initiatives, or lawyer personnel management. The survey requested that individuals provide information about their job, themselves, and the employer they work for. Thus, in contrast to other surveys of NALP employer members, this survey focused on individuals rather than on office/firm activities. A total of 430 usable surveys were received. Over half were from individuals whose job involves recruiting, and about one-quarter were from individuals whose job involves primarily professional development.

The full report on the survey, including more detailed salary and bonus findings, as well as analyses on respondent demographics and perquisites, will be available later this year as a NALP member benefit.


Table 1. Salaries and Raises by Job Hierarchy and Responsibilities — Summary of Findings from the 2018 Survey of Legal Career Professionals

  Median Salary Average Salary Half of Salaries Fell in Range Median % Raise
from April 2017
# Reporting
Department heads
Recruiting $187,500 $184,819 $141,750– 208,815 3.0 32
Professional development 210,000 229,421 179,000–290,000 4.0 19
Recruiting and professional development 190,750 208,827 150,000–250,000 3.0 26
Other functions with some recruiting or professional development* 122,900 152,300 1.0 6
First-level positions
Recruiting $112,000 $118,979 $90,000–135,000 3.8 85
Professional development 131,500 130,561 100,000–168,000 3.0 37
Recruiting and professional development 103,000 115,718 98,706–139,500 3.0 17
Other functions with some recruiting or professional development* 88,500 99,967 2.0 6
Second-level positions
Recruiting $75,000 $80,222 $60,000–96,090 3.8 72
Professional development 103,000 104,994 77,500–131,500 3.0 32
Recruiting and professional development 78,280 74,214 5.0 9
Third-level and administrative support positions*
Recruiting $58,250 $59,457 $47,000–71,000 2.5 42
Professional development 51,000 55,158 49,150–60,000 3.0 11

*E.g., human resources, marketing, office/business manager.
Note: The "# Reporting" column shows the number of full-time salary figures reported. Groupings with fewer than five salaries reported are not shown, and only medians and averages are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported. The number of raise percentage figures reported, including zero, is somewhat smaller.
Individuals categorized under recruiting typically spend 60% or more of their time on law student and/or lateral recruiting. Individuals categorized under professional development typically spend half or more of their time on professional development. For purposes of these analyses, time spent on diversity initiatives was also counted toward professional development.


Table 2. Salaries and Raises by Job Title and Responsibilities — Summary of Findings from the 2018 Survey of Legal Career Professionals

  Median Salary Average Salary Half of Salaries Fell in Range Median % Raise
from April 2017
# Reporting
Directors or chiefs
Recruiting $180,000 $176,856 $126,000–210,000 3.9 43
Professional development 180,000 208,838 165,000–242,000 3.5 25
Recruiting and professional development 193,250 207,518 150,000–239,750 3.0 28
Managers
Recruiting $114,000 $116,983 $95,441–135,000 3.5 86
Professional development 125,000 129,978 102,000–158,900 3.9 49
Recruiting and professional development 103,000 109,847 94,000–139,500 3.0 15
Other functions with some recruiting or professional development* 91,000 99,767 3.0 7
Coordinators/administrators/specialists
Recruiting $67,550 $68,792 $58,000–78,000 3.0 84
Professional development 63,000 67,670 61,000–72,000 3.0 15
Recruiting and professional development 62,500 66,243 55,000–78,280 4.0 10
Other functions with some recruiting or professional development* 73,500 86,467 2.0 6
Assistants
  $47,250 $48,705 $45,000–51,000 2.0 30

*E.g., human resources, marketing, office/business manager.
Note: The "# Reporting" column shows the number of full-time salary figures reported. Groupings with fewer than five salaries reported are not shown, and only medians and averages are shown if fewer than ten salaries were reported. The number of raise percentage figures reported, including zero, is somewhat smaller.
Individuals categorized under recruiting typically spend 60% or more of their time on law student and/or lateral recruiting. Individuals categorized under professional development typically spend half or more of their time on professional development. For purposes of these analyses, time spent on diversity initiatives was also counted toward professional development.

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