Browse Categories

Corporate Counsel Salary

Average pay for a Corporate Counsel in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $118K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $70K, and the higher rates verge on $188K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $31K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $70K and hits $188K on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Corporate Counsels are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Corporate Counsels, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$68,495 - $164,639
(Median)
$68K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $110,149
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$20.90 - $90.00
(Median)
$21
$41
$90
MEDIAN: $41.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$68,495 - $164,639  
   
Bonus
$1,500 - $30,707  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $31,200  
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).
)
$70,374 - $187,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.90 - $90.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,500 - $30,707  
   
Profit Sharing
$991 - $31,200  
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).
)
$70,374 - $187,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
United States (change)

Job Description for Corporate Counsel

Corporate counsel work with sales, marketing, and operations by offering appropriate legal and non-legal advice. These professionals are generally retained to work as a legal agent for the business entity.

Read More...

Corporate Counsel Tasks

  • Negotiate and draft commercial contracts.
  • Handle complaints and compliance matters.
  • Provide legal guidance to business and technical departments.
  • Conduct research on legal matters.
  • Work with regulators on business and regulatory issues.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Counsel


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


At the upper end, Corporate Counsels who move into a Vice President and Associate General Counsel role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels is $190K per year. Associate General Counsels or General Counsels are common next-step roles for Corporate Counsels moving up in their careers; annual pay for Associate General Counsels is $18K higher on average, and it's $31K higher for General Counsels.

Corporate Counsel Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Corporate Counsel


Corporate Counsels report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Securities and Exchange Commision Experience, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Legal Document Review as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Research and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Contract Negotiation also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Corporate Counsels who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $91K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $127K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $152K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $161K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Corporate Counsels, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Corporate Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+30 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+27 percent), and San Jose (+25 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Corporate Counsels is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Atlanta (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Corporate Counsel Salaries




National Average
$118,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Counsel Salaries

Real Estate
up arrow 13%


Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
up arrow 1%

National Average
$118,000

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%

Corporate
up arrow 4%



Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 11%


Legal Research
up arrow 24%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%