Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Corporate In-House Lawyers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $102K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $38K and $14K, respectively — total cash payment to Corporate In-House Lawyers can bottom out near $67K or peak near $195K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Corporate In-House Lawyers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,745 - $166,553
MEDIAN: $101,864

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$64,745 - $166,553  
$490.16 - $38,103  
Profit Sharing
$2,215 - $14,115  
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).
$67,112 - $194,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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.


Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Tasks

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Drafting Correspondence, Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Regulatory Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Research and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $93K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $121K. Corporate In-House Lawyers see a median salary of $129K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $146K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,456

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

For Corporate In-House Lawyers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+4 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

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

Drafting Correspondence
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Contract Negotiation
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Contract Management
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Legal Research
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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.


53 %
47 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%