Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Wages for Corporate In-House Lawyers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Corporate In-House Lawyers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$56,717 - $159,861
(Median)
$57K
$99K
$160K
MEDIAN: $98,661
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$56,717 - $159,861  
   
Bonus
$486.76 - $36,561  
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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$57,122 - $183,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248
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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 results suggest that Corporate In-House Lawyers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Contract Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance, Legal Research, and Contract Management. Most people experienced in Contract Negotiation also know 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 Corporate In-House Lawyers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $89K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $126K. For Corporate In-House Lawyers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $129K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $131K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$102,000


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


National Average
$102,000

Legal Compliance
up arrow 5%

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 54 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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