Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Corporate In-House Lawyers. The median take-home amount in this area is around $108K, and on average, one-half of that final number comes from commissions. Total cash compensation for Corporate In-House Lawyers runs from $72K to $204K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $44K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Corporate In-House Lawyers is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,852 - $179,230
$70K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $104,715
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$35.61 - $171.96
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MEDIAN: $43.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$69,852 - $179,230  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $44,275  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,456  
Commission
$55,000  
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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$72,065 - $203,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$43.77  
   
Overtime
$52.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$489.36 - $44,275  
   
Commission
$55,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,456  
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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$72,065 - $203,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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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Corporate In-House Lawyers often transition into Senior Corporate Lawyer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Corporate Lawyers earn $153K per year.

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


Corporate In-House Lawyers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Real Estate, Legal Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Regulatory Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Litigation Case Management and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know Contract Management.

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

Pay by Experience for an Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) has a positive trend. An entry-level Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 142 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 62 salaries. An Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $170,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,514

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

For Corporate In-House Lawyers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent) and Boston (+9 percent). Corporate In-House Lawyers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Corporate In-House Lawyers in Los Angeles bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Miami and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

▲58%

▲19%

National Average
$108,000

▼2%

▼12%

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

Real Estate
▲16%



National Average
$108,000




Litigation Case Management
▼10%

Regulatory Compliance
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 10%
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