The Norwegian legal profession 2014

Findings from TNS Gallup’s and Saga Advisor’s Business Sector Survey for 2014 – based on data from 2013.

The legal profession

  • The total market for legal services was NOK 14,201 million. The growth in value has been stable for ten years – at 8% in average per year.
  • The profession employs a total of 8,370 persons, 6,984 of whom are lawyers and/or associates.
  • The number of law firms is 1,705 firms – down from 1,800 in 2011.

Hourly rate

  • Is NOK 1,254 on average for firms that mainly work with private clients.
  • Is NOK 1,403 on average for firms that work primarily with business clients.
  • An annual price increase in the hourly rate of 3.5% over the last two years – on level with other relevant economic categories.[1]

Public-sector salary rate

  • Was a little over 67% of the average invoiced hourly rate in 2013.
  • Has risen by 19.6% since 2005. The average invoiced hourly rate has risen by 32.4% over the same period.

The differences in the profession increase

  • The average income is 150% higher for partners in law firms with more than 50 lawyers than for partners in smaller firms.
  • The average income is 80% higher for lawyers who work primarily with business clients than for lawyers who work primarily with private clients.
  • The average hourly rate is 74% higher in law firms with more than 50 lawyers than in firms with fewer than six lawyers.
  • The market share for the 25 largest law firms has increased by more than 40% over the last ten years.

Working hours and income

  • The average income is slightly less than NOK 1.3 million for all lawyers and associates.
  • The average income is between NOK 500,000 and NOK 1 million for 52% of the lawyers and less than NOK 500,000 for 10% of the lawyers. 
  • About half of all male lawyers had an income of less than NOK 1 million in 2013, and likewise for 83% of the women.
  • The average number of working hours is 37.3 hours across genders and job categories – down from 40.3 hours in 2012 and 42 hours in 2010.


  • 37% of the members of the Norwegian Bar Association are women.
  • 60% of the associates are women.
  • Of the 432 licences to practice issued in 2013, 243 were to women and 189 were to men.


[1] Data taken from Statistics Norway (SSB)