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Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Corporate In-House Lawyers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($98K) annually in the United States. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Corporate In-House Lawyers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$56,126 - $162,101
(Median)
$56K
$98K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,045
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$56,126 - $162,101  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $35,386  
Profit Sharing
$5,087 - $13,963  
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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$56,493 - $188,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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

  • 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)


Survey takers who work as Corporate In-House Lawyers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Contract Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance, Legal Research, and Contract Management. Employees educated in Contract Negotiation are typically practiced in Legal Research, too.

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

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $88K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $121K. Corporate In-House Lawyers see a median salary of $129K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $139K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$101,000


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

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$101,000

Legal Compliance
up arrow 9%

Contract Management
up arrow 11%

Legal Research
up arrow 14%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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