Corporate Attorneys in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $99K per year on average. In the world of Corporate Attorneys, overall income ranges from $62K near the bottom to $208K at the top; this can include more than $44K from bonuses and more than $90K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Corporate Attorneys who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Most Corporate Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$61,343 - $178,338
$61K
$99K
$180K
MEDIAN: $98,967
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50%
90%

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$22.50 - $305.00
$85
MEDIAN: $85.00
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$61,343 - $178,338  
   
Bonus
$1,189 - $44,385  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $90,000  
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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$61,511 - $207,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$110$220$330
Hourly Rate
$85.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.81  
Overtime
$267.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,189 - $44,385  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $90,000  
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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$61,511 - $207,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Attorney


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It's not very common for Corporate Attorneys to move on to become General Counsels. Average pay for a General Counsel is $152K annually. Corporate Attorneys moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Corporate Counsels or Associate General Counsels. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $33K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney


Corporate Attorneys seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Legal Document Review, and Mergers and Acquisitions 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 Mergers and Acquisitions also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $89K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $116K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $157K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $192K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Key Stats for Corporate Attorney

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$104,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

National Average
$104,000




Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 8%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 17%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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