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Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary (United States)

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.
Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary (?
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$55,027 - $158,463
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MEDIAN: $97,275
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
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$55,027 - $158,463  
   
Bonus
$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).
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$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.
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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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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.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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New York
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National Average
$102,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Corporate In-House Lawyers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent).

Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Advice

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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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$102,000
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Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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$102,000
Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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