Corporate Counsel Salary

Salaries for Corporate Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($109K) per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $69K to $186K per year. Total cash compensation to Corporate Counsels ranges from $69K on the lower end to $186K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $30K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men working as Corporate Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Most Corporate Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,740 - $164,138
(Median)
$68K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $108,677
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$23.99 - $99.67
(Median)
$24
$43
$100
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$67,740 - $164,138  
   
Bonus
$1,009 - $30,381  
Profit Sharing
$982 - $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).
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$69,282 - $186,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.99 - $99.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $88.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,009 - $30,381  
   
Profit Sharing
$982 - $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).
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$69,282 - $186,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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.

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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


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For Corporate Counsels, progressing to a Vice President and Associate General Counsel role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Vice President and Associate General Counsel can earn $191K annually. A common career progression for a Corporate Counsel is to become a General Counsel or an Associate General Counsel. Compared to Corporate Counsels, the first group earns $33K more on average, and the second group earns $20K more.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Counsel


Corporate Counsels seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Corporate, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, and Securities and Exchange Commision Experience are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Research, Legal Document Review, and Contract Management. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Corporate Counsels, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $90K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $127K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $148K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $154K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Corporate Counsels, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Corporate Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Washington (+20 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+14 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 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Corporate Counsel Salaries




National Average
$116,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Counsel Salaries

Corporate
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Real Estate
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Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
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National Average
$116,000

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 3%

Regulatory Compliance
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Mergers and Acquisitions
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%