The average salary for a Corporate Attorney is $98,898 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.
Corporate Attorney Total Pay (?
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$56,324 - $198,901
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MEDIAN: $98,898
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Corporate Attorney Total Pay (?
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$11.84 - $292.61
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$56,324 - $198,901  
   
Bonus
$1,024 - $40,924  
Profit Sharing
$11.84 - $35,479  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$56,560 - $239,061  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 669
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $292.61  
   
Overtime
$9.43 - $201.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$1,024 - $40,924  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$11.84 - $35,479  
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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$56,560 - $239,061  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 669
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 46%
Washington
up arrow 39%
Los Angeles
up arrow 30%
Chicago
up arrow 6%
Houston
up arrow 4%
National Average
$108,000
Atlanta
up arrow 6%
St. Louis
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Austin
up arrow 9%
Miami
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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 68%
Experienced
up arrow 39%
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$108,000

Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%
National Average
$108,000
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 22%
Legal Compliance
up arrow 26%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%
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