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Corporate Attorney Salary (United States)

Corporate Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $107K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash earnings of Corporate Attorneys range from $58K on the low end to $217K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $31K and $161K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 68 percent of Corporate Attorneys are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Attorneys. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Corporate Attorney Salary (?
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$56,451 - $195,697
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MEDIAN: $98,822
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Corporate Attorney Salary (?
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$8.79 - $295.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$56,451 - $195,697  
   
Bonus
$1,216 - $30,661  
Profit Sharing
$0.40 - $161,488  
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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$58,248 - $217,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $295.43  
   
Overtime
$2.30 - $193.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$1,216 - $30,661  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.40 - $161,488  
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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$58,248 - $217,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Corporate Attorney

Corporate attorneys are experts in legal matters related to businesses. Corporate attorneys must complete an undergraduate degree and then three years of law school to obtain their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. To practice as an attorney, he or she then must pass the state bar examination in the state he or she intends to practice. Corporate attorneys usually work in an office environment, with support staff available. Corporate attorneys usually work either in private practice or part of a larger legal group, serving as outside counsel, advising and representing multiple client companies, or employed as in-house counsel, working only in the interests of one organization. Corporate attorneys often work long hours, especially during a trial, and their jobs often are highly stressful. Corporate attorneys must be well-versed in a spectrum of business-related laws and regulations, with exceptional analytical ability and attention to detail.
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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Corporate Attorneys may not experience a change in pay as they move on to an upper-level role like Corporate Counsel. Corporate Counsels usually make $117K.

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Survey takers who work as Corporate Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, and Regulatory Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance and Legal Compliance. It is not unusual for someone who knows Contract Negotiation to be familiar with Legal Compliance as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Corporate Attorneys. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $90K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $118K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $143K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $185K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Chicago
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National Average
$107,000
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Austin
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Atlanta
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With a pay rate for Corporate Attorneys that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent) and Houston (+5 percent). Corporate Attorneys in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (15 percent less) and Austin (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$107,000

Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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National Average
$107,000
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%