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 enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up a slight majority of Corporate In-House Lawyers (51 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of Corporate In-House Lawyers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$55,673 - $161,240
MEDIAN: $98,193

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$55,673 - $161,240  
$496.65 - $34,604  
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$5,500 - $13,105  
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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).
$55,634 - $187,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254

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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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Typical Corporate In-House Lawyers report a focused set of job skills. Contract Negotiation and Legal Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Research. Competency in Contract Negotiation frequently indicates 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $86K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $120K. Corporate In-House Lawyers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $129K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $139K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) in St. Paul:
"Job Prospects."
Industry is somewhat saturated. I had a job before I went to law school, which helps. If I had it to do over, I would have gone sooner.

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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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


49 %
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%