Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Average pay for a Corporate In-House Lawyer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Corporate In-House Lawyers bottoms out near $59K and approaches $191K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $39K from bonuses and almost $16K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Corporate In-House Lawyers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$58,576 - $163,010
MEDIAN: $101,243

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$58,576 - $163,010  
$483.68 - $39,142  
Profit Sharing
$2,215 - $15,893  
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).
$59,018 - $191,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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

Survey takers who work as Corporate In-House Lawyers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Contract Management, and Legal Research 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. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in Contract Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $90K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $128K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Corporate In-House Lawyers make a median salary of $131K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $145K.

Pay Difference by Location

Corporate In-House Lawyers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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National Average

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 39 votes.


51 %
49 %

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%