Corporate Attorney Salary

Corporate Attorneys in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $98K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Corporate Attorneys stretch from $60K on the lower end to $197K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $44K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. Work is enjoyable for Corporate Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,347 - $173,581
(Median)
$57K
$98K
$170K
MEDIAN: $98,243
10%
50%
90%

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$13.32 - $494.93
(Median)
$13
$61
$490
MEDIAN: $61.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$57,347 - $173,581  
   
Bonus
$991 - $30,227  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $44,385  
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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$60,092 - $196,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$13.32 - $494.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.81  
Overtime
$35.00  
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$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$991 - $30,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $44,385  
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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$60,092 - $196,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Corporate Attorneys move into roles as General Counsels, where pay is an average $150K per year. Corporate Attorneys typically move into roles as Corporate Counsels or Associate General Counsels, and those positions pay $14K more and $32K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney


Corporate Attorneys generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal Compliance, and Legal Document Review 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 Legal Document Review also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $86K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $116K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Corporate Attorneys make a median salary of $141K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $173K.

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%



National Average
$104,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
0%

National Average
$104,000

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 9%



Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 18%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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