Average pay for Corporate Attorneys in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($99K). Overall cash earnings for Corporate Attorneys stretch from $61K on the lower end to $207K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $43K from bonuses and $89K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Corporate Attorneys who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,150 - $181,296
(Median)
$60K
$99K
$180K
MEDIAN: $98,672
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50%
90%

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$20.35 - $486.05
(Median)
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$87
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MEDIAN: $87.00
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$60,150 - $181,296  
   
Bonus
$1,216 - $43,119  
Profit Sharing
$10.07 - $89,396  
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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$60,747 - $206,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$87.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$23.81  
Overtime
$267.50  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,216 - $43,119  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.07 - $89,396  
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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$60,747 - $206,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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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Corporate Attorneys do not often transition into General Counsel roles. The role averages $152K per year. A common career progression for a Corporate Attorney is to become a Corporate Counsel or an Associate General Counsel. Compared to Corporate Attorneys, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $33K more.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney


Survey results imply that Corporate Attorneys put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Document Review, Legal Compliance, 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

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. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $89K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $118K. For Corporate Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $148K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $196K.

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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 91%



National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 1%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 4%


Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 8%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 17%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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