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ExperienceTop TierMid-MarketSmall Firm
Experience1st YearTop Tier105,000 Mid-Market95,000 Small Firm80,000
Experience2nd YearTop Tier117,000 Mid-Market105,000 Small Firm90,000
Experience3rd YearTop Tier127,000 Mid-Market115,000 Small Firm100,000
Experience4th YearTop Tier142,000 Mid-Market125,000 Small Firm110,000
Experience5th YearTop Tier160,000 Mid-Market140,000 Small Firm120,000
Experience6th YearTop Tier170,000 Mid-Market160,000 Small Firm150,000
Experience7th YearTop Tier185,000+ Mid-Market175,000+ Small Firm160,000+

All salaries are CAD, and do not include annual bonuses (discretionary or otherwise).

  • Top Tier primary includes large regional and national firms in Vancouver, but also may include leading specialist boutiques where compensation will commonly match their large firm counterparts. Top Tier does not include certain Vancouver offices where certain associates may be compensated on a matching basis with their Calgary, Toronto, or other international market pay scale.
  • Mid-Market can include regional firms in both Vancouver and Surrey, though may also include top firms in larger, secondary markets (Kelowna, Victoria) as well.
  • Small Firms can include smaller firms in all parts of British Columbia, particularly where there may not be more than one associate per year of call within the firm. Compensation structures in smaller firms are often tailored to the individual, and base salary may form a smaller component of total compensation, where there may be bonuses for performance above thresholds (billable hours and/or revenue targets).

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