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Financial realities

Updated: Mar 16

We believe it's really important to think about salaries when you're looking for a new job. That's why we want to talk about the different opportunities out there for people who want to work in animal law. We shed light on what it's like to work in this field in different countries.  

The United States 

In the past, in the United States, people working in animal nonprofit organisations usually earned less than those in other sectors, even within the nonprofit world. However, things are changing, and there’s a positive trend towards improving pay fairness in the United States. For example, some organisations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund have formed unions, increasing wages and making them more competitive. Also, lawyers working in nonprofits typically earn more than non-lawyers. Salaries you can expect can vary depending on where you work and the specific organisation. Researching and understanding is essential if you're considering a career in this field. 

You might find an extra financial benefit in the United States if you work in the nonprofit sector. You could have the opportunity to get your student loans forgiven. As a law school graduate, this can make it more feasible for you to consider jobs in nonprofits, even if they offer lower salaries than positions in private practice or corporate law.

European Union 

In the E.U., you can expect your pay to vary depending on what kind of legal work you do. Lawyers focusing on animal rights can find good jobs that pay well. Generally, you could earn about twice as much as the minimum wage, which means you'll make a decent amount of money. This is true for lawyers who work directly with animal advocacy groups and inside nonprofit organisations to ensure they follow the law. For example, if you're working at a place specialising in animal law, you could make around 45,000 euros a year before taxes. That's considered a middle-range salary there. It's also worth mentioning that in this field, there is a mindset that values the legal work done for animals and fights for fair pay. This ensures lawyers get what they deserve and helps keep the movement for animal protection strong and sustainable.

While the financial rewards in animal law may not always match corporate law, the field gradually offers better compensation. Moreover, if you're motivated by passion and a desire to make a difference, the intrinsic rewards of working in animal law often outweigh financial considerations.

The United Kingdom 

In the U.K., if you work in animal law, you can expect to earn a salary between £35,000 and £50,000, which is similar to what people in nonprofit organisations make. Because of the specialised nature of this field and the limited job opportunities, it might not multiply. It's a good idea to be open to other legal areas or roles related to animal welfare if you're considering a career in this field.


In Canada, animal law is getting more popular. In the past, jobs in animal law paid little. But now, things are changing a bit. Someone working in animal law for a few years might earn between 80,000 to 85,000 Canadian dollars. This isn't as much as what big law firms pay, but it's getting closer to what government lawyers make. This change shows that animal law jobs are starting to pay better, which is good for attracting people who are really good at this kind of work. Still, there are fewer jobs, and the field can only do as much as it might want to. But as more people become interested in animal law, there's hope that there will be more money and better job opportunities.


In India, people who work in animal research often get paid relatively little, with some earning about $250 a month when they start. This low pay can make it hard for people to choose careers in research and teaching. It can also lead to people feeling tired and leaving the field, which can be a problem for the animal advocacy movement in India. Knowing about these financial challenges is important for anyone thinking about working in animal advocacy in the country.


In Chile, the pay in animal law tends to be low, at least in the initial stages. A lot of the work is done pro bono, and in the country’s cultural context, clients expect help without payment. On a job in this field, it's important to have fundraising skills to engage in fundraising activities that support their work and the foundation's initiatives. You should be able to connect with donors, organise fundraising events, and effectively communicate the importance and impact of the foundation's work to potential funders.


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