ANZSCO 2713

Solicitors

EMPLOYED

95,000

PART-TIME SHARE

17%

FEMALE SHARE

55%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$1,528

MEDIAN AGE

37

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

3,400

Solicitors provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law.

  • Interviewing clients to determine the nature of problems, and recommending and undertaking appropriate legal action
  • Preparing cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, arranging witness preparation and attendance, and giving notice of court actions
  • Representing clients in court
  • Managing conveyancing and other property matters by preparing contracts of sale, mortgage documents, lease documents and other documents relating to the transfer of land and buildings
  • Preparing and critically reviewing contracts between parties
  • Preparing wills
  • Providing advice on family law, company law, partnerships, commercial law and trusts
  • May act as trustee or guardian
  • May act as executor of clients' wills
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Solicitors All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 83% 69%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 46 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $1,528 $1,593
    Median hourly earnings $41 $41

    Industries

    Solicitors work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    36.6%

    Victoria

    23.7%

    Queensland

    21.0%

    South Australia

    4.8%

    Tasmania

    1.3%

    Northern Territory

    0.7%

    Australian Capital Territory

    3.3%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, November 2023, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Solicitors All Occupations
    Median age 37 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 55% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Solicitors
    15–19 5.2 0.0
    20–24 9.1 3.8
    25–34 22.7 36.2
    35–44 22.3 25.2
    45–54 20.4 16.7
    55–59 8.8 6.0
    60–64 6.5 5.1
    65 and Over 4.9 7.0

    Education

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Solicitors
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 32.8
    Bachelor degree 23.2 64.7
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 0.5
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 0.1
    Year 12 15.9 0.5
    Year 11 4.0 0.0
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.1
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