Corporate Attorney Salary

Corporate Attorneys enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($98K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Corporate Attorneys — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $44K from profit sharing — stretch from around $60K to approximately $197K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more male Corporate Attorneys than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,347 - $173,581
(Median)
$57K
$98K
$170K
MEDIAN: $98,243
10%
50%
90%

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$13.32 - $494.93
(Median)
$13
$61
$490
MEDIAN: $61.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$57,347 - $173,581  
   
Bonus
$991 - $30,227  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $44,385  
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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$60,092 - $196,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$13.32 - $494.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.81  
Overtime
$35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$991 - $30,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $44,385  
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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$60,092 - $196,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Corporate Attorney

Corporate lawyers can serve as advisers to business executives, or they may represent a corporation in court. They draft business contracts and amendments. They are involved in various matters, such as company’s mergers, employee benefits, and corporate compliance. They also handle human resources issues and represent their companies when they are sued by employees. They work on behalf of their employers in matters pertaining to patent infringement and customers’ lawsuits. They negotiate and draft license service agreements and buyer/seller agreements.

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Corporate Attorney 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.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Attorney


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While not commonly seen, Corporate Attorneys who transition into a General Counsel position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for General Counsels is $150K per year. Corporate Attorneys most often move into positions as Corporate Counsels or Associate General Counsels; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $32K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney


Survey results suggest that Corporate Attorneys put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal Compliance, and Legal Document Review are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Intellectual Property as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Regulatory Compliance and Legal Document Review also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $86K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $116K. Corporate Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $141K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $173K.

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%



National Average
$104,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
0%

National Average
$104,000

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 9%



Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 18%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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