Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Corporate In-House Lawyers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $102K per year on average. Total cash compensation for Corporate In-House Lawyers runs from $67K to $195K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $38K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Corporate In-House Lawyers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$64,745 - $166,553
MEDIAN: $101,864

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$64,745 - $166,553  
$490.16 - $38,103  
Profit Sharing
$2,215 - $14,115  
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).
$67,112 - $194,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Drafting Correspondence, Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, and Contract Management 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. The majority of those who know 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $93K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $121K. Corporate In-House Lawyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $129K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $146K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,456

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Corporate In-House Lawyers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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

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National Average

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

Drafting Correspondence
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Contract Negotiation
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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 44 votes.


53 %
47 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%