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Legal and Political Services





  • In private firms, trainee or uncertificated bailiffs may earn £13,000 to £15,,000 a year and certificated bailiffs may earn between £16,000 and £25,000 a year.
  • In the court service bailiffs may earn between £15,000 and £22,000.


  • During training (pupillage) barristers will earn from £12,000 a year upwards
  • Qualified, self-employed barristers earn between £25,000 and £200,000 a year. However, earnings vary considerably depending on experience and reputation and some may earn significantly more than this.
  • In the CPS, barristers can earn between £28,000 and £60,000.

 Court administration officers

  • Starting salaries may be around £14,500 a year but can rise with experience.

 Legal Executives

  • Trainee legal executives may earn between £16,000 and £20,000 a year.
  • Fully qualified legal executives may earn between £30,000 and £45,000 a year and the most senior legal executives in large cities may earn over £50,000 a year.


  • Starting salaries for paralegals could be up to £25,000 a year but very much depend on the employer.
  • For experienced staff, this can rise to £40,000 a year.


  • Depending on location, the minimum salary is between around £16,500 and £18,500 but some firms will pay much more.
  • Qualified solicitors can earn between around £25,000 and £70,000 a year and a partner in a large firm or the head of an in-house legal department may earn well over £100,000 a year.


Political researchers

  • Salaries start from around £16,000 a year.
  • After a year's experience, earnings can rise to around £20,000 and earnings of between £27,000 and £35,000 a year are possible.

Political/constituency organisers

  • Political/constituency organisers may earn around £19,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this may rise to around £31,000.
  • National campaign officers may earn around £37,000.


  • Local Councillors don't receive a salary, but do get an allowance/expenses.
  • MPs earn around £65,700 a year and MEPs earn over £80,000 a year.
  • Parliamentary ministers can earn between around £80,000 and £145,000 a year.

Salary figures (Nov 2011) are mostly taken from the Next Step website, and are for guidance only because pay can depend on various factors, including your location, qualifications and experience.