Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

Wages for Corporate In-House Lawyers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($98K) per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Most Corporate In-House Lawyers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$57,512 - $159,282

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$57,512 - $159,282  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $37,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,087 - $13,963  
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$57,921 - $182,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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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Popular Skills for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)


Professional skills reported by Corporate In-House Lawyers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Contract Management, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance, Legal Research, and Contract Management. 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.


Corporate In-House Lawyers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $89K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $125K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $130K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $131K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$102,000


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

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$102,000

Legal Compliance
up arrow 5%

Contract Management
up arrow 10%

Legal Research
up arrow 13%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
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