Three Legal Jobs That Are Hot Right Now

February 8, 2016. Kansas City, Kan. — Across all industries, some legal jobs are especially hot right now, seeing higher pay increases than the national average of 2.8 percent for legal services positions, according to Compdata’s 2015 Legal Services Suite survey results. Here are the top 3 Legal “hot jobs”:

1. Legal Secretaries, Level 1, who organize and expedite flow of work through the office, including drafting legal documents, saw an average base rate increase of 4.17 percent in 2015. Employers also reported a hire-on increase of 9.07% from the previous year.

2. Paralegals, Level 2 (senior), prepare documents, agreements, and pleadings related to litigation and non-litigation matters. They resolve a wide range of legal questions under the direction of an attorney. Those in this role saw an average base rate increase of 4.76 percent in 2015. Employers also reported an average total comp increase of 4.63 percent and a hire-on increase of 4.17% from the previous year.

3. Contracts Administrators review and analyze new and/or continuing contract and service agreements to ensure the terms comply with legal guidelines, contracting principles, and cost constraints. Those in this position saw an average base rate increase of 3.77 percent in 2015. Employers also reported a hire-on increase of 9.38 percent from the previous year.

“Knowing which jobs are hot allows employers to position themselves more competitively,” said Amy Kaminski, Vice President, for Compdata Surveys & Consulting. “Not only will that help you attract top, in-demand talent, it will help you retain quality employees.”

About the Survey
Compdata’s Legal Services Suite 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2015. More than 100 legal job titles were surveyed ranging from entry-level to top executives, with data collected from nearly 2,700 employers across the country.

Since 1988, Compdata Surveys & Consulting has provided HR professionals with the compensation tools they need to stay competitive. With an extensive pay and benefits database and experienced compensation consultants, we are a full-service firm providing innovative solutions to complex compensation challenges. Thousands of organizations provide data in each of our 12 industry-specific surveys every year, ensuring the reliability of our results. For more information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact KC Hall at (800) 300-9570.