India Legal Compensation Trends, 2021

About the Report

We are pleased to share the annual Vahura Compensation Report, where we focus on examining trends in compensation received by in-house legal and law firm professionals in India.

The data for this report has been compiled by:

  • Primarily relying on our proprietory database, through which we constantly track verified legal compensation trends.

  • Tapping into Vahura's extensive legal professional network to conduct targeted, confidential interviews with professionals, wherever necessary.

Please refer to the table below or should you prefer, you may also download the report by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Median Annual Compensation, 2021

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PQE (in years) In-House Legal Law Firms
0-1 6.5 16.3
1-2 9.6 19.0
2-3 12.5 24.4
3-4 16.0 28.4
4-5 20.0 40.2
5-6 24.0 46.2
6-7 28.5 53.7
7-8 35.0 59.9
8-9 42.0 68.8
9-10 50.0 103.2
10-13 90.0 122.5
13-15 110 175
15+ 140.0+ 250-750
Median annual total compensation received by in-house and law firm professionals. Figures indicated are in INR lacs.

Please note that the compensation figures included in the report refer to total compensation received by professionals. The principles of total compensation typically vary between law firms and in-house legal departments.

Within law firms, total compensation refers to the total fixed retainer and an annual variable bonus. The total compensation figure does not include any additional financial incentives or emoluments related to bill-shares or any additional discretionary bonuses that may be occasionally paid to professionals.

Within in-house legal departments, total compensation refers to the annual fixed salary and an annual variable bonus. The total compensation does not include any joining or retention bonuses or any benefits or emoluments that professionals may be entitled to as part of their overall remuneration.

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