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 ($97K). Total incomes of Corporate Attorneys incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $46K from bonuses and close to $89K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $194K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Corporate Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Corporate Attorneys (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$63,344 - $164,557
$63K
$97K
$160K
MEDIAN: $96,625
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50%
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$20.35 - $486.05
$68
MEDIAN: $67.50
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$0$194K
Salary $63,344 - $164,557
Bonus $1,222 - $46,369
Profit Sharing $503 - $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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$62,459 - $194,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 247
Hourly Data $0$486
Hourly Rate $67.50
Overtime $267.50
Annual Data $0$194K
Bonus $1,222 - $46,369
Profit Sharing $503 - $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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$62,459 - $194,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases
  • 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 who advance into the role of a General Counsel are fairly uncommon. General Counsels on average earn $153K per year. Career advancement for the typical Corporate Attorney often leads to becoming a Corporate Counsel or an Associate General Counsel; median salaries in these positions are $18K higher and $36K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney


Corporate Attorneys report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Legal Document Review, and Mergers and Acquisitions are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Intellectual Property, Regulatory Compliance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know 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: $100,283

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

Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Corporate Attorneys, 75 percent higher than the national average. Corporate Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+72 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), New York (+36 percent), and Denver (+25 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Corporate Attorneys is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Corporate Attorney

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

▲93%

▲57%

▲11%

National Average
$100,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries


National Average
$100,000



Mergers and Acquisitions
▼5%

Regulatory Compliance
▼14%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 4%
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