Thursday, June 16, 2011
According to this story from the Wall Street Journal, for work that isn't off-shored, temp attorneys can expect to make between $15.00 and $40.00 an hour, no benefits included. That can translate into $40,000 to $50,000 a year if the work is steady but for many it isn't. And as this post from the ABA Journal points out, working as a temp often carries a stigma that can make it difficult to later find permanent employment.
A typical contract lawyer may be able to make $40,000 to $50,000 a year, but the pay can be as low as $15 an hour.
Other negatives [include] . . . little chance for advancement, low prestige, a lack of steady work, stigma and a work atmosphere where breaks are limited and speed is monitored.