Corporate Attorney Salary

Average pay for Corporate Attorneys in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($98K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $31K, total cash payment to Corporate Attorneys can bottom out at $60K or peak near $201K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Corporate Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Corporate Attorneys who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,177 - $179,444

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$13.50 - $200.00

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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
$58,177 - $179,444  
   
Bonus
$1,001 - $30,837  
Profit Sharing
$0.51 - $31,319  
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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$59,762 - $201,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 491
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $200.00  
   
Overtime
$12.69 - $70.00  
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$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,001 - $30,837  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.51 - $31,319  
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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$59,762 - $201,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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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Corporate Attorneys who move on to become General Counsels may enjoy significant pay raises, as General Counsels get paid an average of $149K per year.

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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 Document Review, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance, Legal Compliance, and Legal Document Review. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Corporate Attorneys, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $88K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $118K. For Corporate Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $141K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $187K on average.

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%

Experienced
up arrow 35%


National Average
$105,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$105,000

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 9%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 13%


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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