Corporate Attorney Salary

The average salary for a Corporate Attorney is $98,219 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$58,063 - $179,921
(Median)
$58K
$98K
$180K
MEDIAN: $98,218
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$13.50 - $200.00
(Median)
$14
$55
$200
MEDIAN: $55.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,063 - $179,921  
   
Bonus
$1,003 - $31,016  
Profit Sharing
$0.60 - $31,027  
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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$59,680 - $201,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 496
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 (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,003 - $31,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.60 - $31,027  
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).
)
$59,680 - $201,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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.

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%

Experienced
up arrow 36%


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 14%


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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