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Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Compensation for Corporate In-House Lawyers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($102K). Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Corporate In-House Lawyers is high. Men working as Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$55,027 - $158,463
MEDIAN: $97,275

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$55,027 - $158,463  
$508 - $34,651  
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).
$55,012 - $189,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Survey takers who work as Corporate In-House Lawyers usually report a few specific skills. Contract Negotiation and Legal Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.

Corporate In-House Lawyers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $84K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $121K. Corporate In-House Lawyers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $129K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $131K.

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

Contract Negotiation
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National Average

Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.


47 %
53 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%