Corporate In-House Lawyers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $101K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Corporate In-House Lawyers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $41K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $70K and $193K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Corporate In-House Lawyers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$67,394 - $169,261
$67K
$100K
$170K
MEDIAN: $100,734
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50%
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$35.00 - $50.00
$41
MEDIAN: $41.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$67,394 - $169,261  
   
Bonus
$498.33 - $40,772  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,950  
Total Pay (?
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$70,121 - $192,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$41.25  
   
Overtime
$52.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$498.33 - $40,772  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,950  
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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$70,121 - $192,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Real Estate and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance, Contract Management, and Litigation Case 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.


For many Corporate In-House Lawyers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $93K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $103K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $124K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $155K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,873

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

For Corporate In-House Lawyers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent) and Boston (+14 percent). Corporate In-House Lawyers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Corporate In-House Lawyers in Los Angeles bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average.

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

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
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

Late-Career
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National Average
$103,000


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

Real Estate
up arrow 22%



National Average
$103,000



Litigation Case Management
up arrow 5%


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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