Corporate Attorney Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Corporate Attorneys in the United States, with median pay hovering around $98K per year. Overall cash earnings for Corporate Attorneys stretch from $63K on the lower end to $207K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $46K from bonuses and $91K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Corporate Attorneys is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Corporate Attorneys (63 percent) survey respondents are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$62,533 - $177,104
$63K
$98K
$180K
MEDIAN: $98,061
10%
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
$62,533 - $177,104  
   
Bonus
$1,205 - $45,839  
Profit Sharing
$9.93 - $90,604  
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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$62,558 - $207,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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
$1,205 - $45,839  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.93 - $90,604  
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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$62,558 - $207,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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Corporate Attorneys sometimes assume positions such as General Counsels. That role pays $153K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Corporate Attorney involves becoming a Corporate Counsel or an Associate General Counsel, roles that pay $16K more and $34K more on average.

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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, 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. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Corporate Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 56 salaries. A Corporate Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $194,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,583

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Corporate Attorneys, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 72 percent above the national average. Corporate Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+70 percent), Philadelphia (+38 percent), New York (+34 percent), and Denver (+23 percent). Corporate Attorneys' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Corporate Attorneys in Orlando bring in salaries that are 31 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 21 percent less in Indianapolis and 17 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Corporate Attorney

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

▲91%

▲55%

▲9%

National Average
$102,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

National Average
$102,000




Mergers and Acquisitions
▼6%

Regulatory Compliance
▼15%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 7%