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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Corporate In-House Lawyers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,884 - $157,829
(Median)
$57K
$98K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,434
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$56,884 - $157,829  
   
Bonus
$487.67 - $35,538  
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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$57,288 - $180,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Contract Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance, Legal Research, 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.


Corporate In-House Lawyers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Inexperienced workers earn around $89K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $121K. Corporate In-House Lawyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $128K. Corporate In-House Lawyers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $131K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$102,000


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

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$102,000

Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%

Contract Management
up arrow 10%

Legal Research
up arrow 14%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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