2020 In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2020 In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey. See below to participate and receive a free copy.

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Compensation and Career related matters including

  • Base Salary
  • Bonuses Options
  • Benefits
  • Compensation and Work Satisfaction
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Career Mobility
  • Demographic Data
  • Diversity Disparity


National Average Base Salary

In 2018 both Ontario and Alberta reported average base salaries that are above the national average. Salaries in BC are equivalent to the national average. The average base salary in Quebec approached the national average. Average salaries in Atlantic and Central Canada continued to lag behind the national average. Salaries in BC were equivalent to the national average. The average base salary in Quebec was approaching the national average. Average salaries in Atlantic and Central Canada continued to lag behind the national average.

Gender Wage Gap

Even when compared to men in the same roles in the profession, women continued to be paid less. While the gap reduced from 15% in 2016 to 11% in 2018, this still represents a significant gap in pay between men and women in the legal profession. The most substantial gaps continue to be seen at higher wage levels.

Industry Trends

The highest average base salaries were found in oil and gas ($196K), resources/mining/forestry ($193K), construction ($183K), pharmaceuticals/medical ($177K), retail/hospitality ($173K), real estate ($172K), and manufacturing/auto/aerospace ($165K) industries.

Access your free copy of the 2018 In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey Report and sign up here for the 2020 survey and report when released

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2020 In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey

The report has become a go-to resource for in-house counsel and HR professionals seeking reliable compensation data for the Canadian in-house counsel market. 45% of the 2018 survey respondents named the survey as a key source of information for industry compensation. The survey provides key information on compensation, benefits, work hours, and job satisfaction for in-house counsel.

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The Survey is dynamic and targeted, the kind of information that in-house counsel require for career development and growth. Prior to this ground-breaking survey, in-house counsel relied on anecdotal evidence in benchmarking compensation issues.

Derek Patterson, Former CCCA President


The Survey shows that Gender wage gap still exists, ethnic diversity remains a challenge, demographics are shifting but in-house counsel remain optimistic regarding the future.

Dal Bhathal, Managing Partner The Counsel Network


It is interesting to note the effect prior private practice experience has on in‐house career compensation. According to the survey, “on average, there is a $23,500 difference in base salary between in‐house counsel who have worked in private practice and those who have not.

Geoffrey Creighton, Former Chair of CCCA


Are my answers confidential?

Yes. You will receive a unique link from Bramm Research. Your answers are anonymous and reported in aggregate only. As a third-party research firm, Bramm Research is committed to your privacy, by complying with the laws and regulations under applicable privacy laws in Canada, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

What makes The Counsel Network’s Survey and Report different from others?

Since the inaugural In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey in 2009, the survey has become the most respected and comprehensive of its kind in the country. It contains almost 100 pages of easily accessible data and is highly valued by in-house counsel and human resources departments. Data includes, National Trends regarding In?House Counsel Compensation, Base Salary by Employment History, Age, Tenure, Type of Employer, In-Depth Look at Provinces and Territories, Changes in Compensation Where are the

Respondents based?

Across Canada, from coast to coast.

When was the first Survey conducted?

2009 with further additions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2018

Who uses the Survey?

In-House Counsel to know their worth, HR, GC's and employers to benchmark compensation for their In-House Counsel.