Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Average pay for Corporate In-House Lawyers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($103K). With some bonuses approaching $44K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Corporate In-House Lawyers spread between $71K and $197K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Corporate In-House Lawyers (54 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$68,933 - $171,951
$69K
$100K
$170K
MEDIAN: $102,861
10%
50%
90%

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$35.00 - $50.00
$41
MEDIAN: $41.25
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$68,933 - $171,951  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $44,161  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$71,019 - $197,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$41.25  
   
Overtime
$52.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$493.16 - $44,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$71,019 - $197,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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Job Description for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Positions as an attorney/lawyer (corporate, in-house) are available in a wide variety of industries and companies, as almost any company that is large enough to warrant in-house counsel will hire these attorneys. The exact duties performed by these attorneys vary based on the company’s industry and needs, but typical tasks include handling brokerage agreements, non-disclosure agreements, contract reviews, and transactional support. Counseling and negotiation support are also necessary, as is non-litigation dispute resolution. The attorney/lawyer (corporate, in-house) also works with other attorneys representing the company, and they have regular contact with clients and management.

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Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Tasks

  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.

Common Career Paths for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)


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Advancing into a Senior Corporate Lawyer role seems to be a popular career move for Corporate In-House Lawyers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $153K per year.

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Popular Skills for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)


Corporate In-House Lawyers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Real Estate, Legal Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance, Litigation Case Management, and Contract Management. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in Contract Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Corporate In-House Lawyers. Inexperienced workers earn around $94K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $105K. For Corporate In-House Lawyers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $128K. Corporate In-House Lawyers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $170K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,264

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Corporate In-House Lawyers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent) and Boston (+11 percent). Corporate In-House Lawyers in Los Angeles earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Miami and 4 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

▲60%

▲21%

National Average
$106,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

Real Estate
▲18%



National Average
$106,000




Litigation Case Management
▼8%

Regulatory Compliance
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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