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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 ($107K). Cash earnings for Corporate Attorneys — which occasionally include more than $32K from bonuses and more than $162K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $209K. Career length 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 66 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Corporate Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$57,863 - $189,462
(Median)
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75K
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MEDIAN: $98,742
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$9.30 - $193.92
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MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$57,863 - $189,462  
   
Bonus
$1,034 - $32,091  
Profit Sharing
$0.37 - $162,135  
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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$59,264 - $209,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 500
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $193.92  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $197.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,034 - $32,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.37 - $162,135  
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).
)
$59,264 - $209,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
United States (change)

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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Corporate Counsel. Median pay for Corporate Counsels is $117K.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance and Legal Compliance. Legal Compliance is a skill commonly found among those who know Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

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


Corporate Attorneys generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $90K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $117K. For Corporate Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $143K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $185K.

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$107,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$107,000


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%