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Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Average pay for a Corporate In-House Lawyer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $97K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Corporate In-House Lawyers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Corporate In-House Lawyers (52 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,805 - $161,535
MEDIAN: $97,270

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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.
$55,805 - $161,535  
$491.69 - $35,156  
Profit Sharing
$5,500 - $13,105  
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).
$55,757 - $187,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256

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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 Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Corporate In-House Lawyers generally report applying a varied skill set 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. Experience with Contract Negotiation is often linked with knowledge of Legal Research.

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

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Corporate In-House Lawyers. Inexperienced workers earn around $87K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $119K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $129K in this role. Corporate In-House Lawyers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $139K.

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

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

Contract Negotiation
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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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 61 votes.


52 %
48 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%