Corporate Counsel Salary

Average pay for Corporate Counsels in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($109K). Compensation ranges from $69K on the lower end to $187K per year on the higher end. Total cash compensation to Corporate Counsels varies from $69K to $187K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $31K each. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Corporate Counsels enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Corporate Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,698 - $164,179
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$68K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $109,037
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$67,698 - $164,179  
   
Bonus
$997 - $30,955  
Profit Sharing
$310.27 - $30,201  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$69,434 - $186,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,476
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Hourly Rate
$25.00 - $100.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$997 - $30,955  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$310.27 - $30,201  
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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$69,434 - $186,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 $194K annually. It is quite typical for Corporate Counsels to transition into roles as General Counsels or Associate General Counsels, where reported median earnings are $34K and $20K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Counsel


Corporate Counsels seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Corporate Governance, Securities and Exchange Commision Experience, and Real Estate are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal Research, and Legal Document Review. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $93K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $131K. Corporate Counsels with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $144K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,550

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

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Corporate Counsels in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Corporate Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), New York (+26 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), and Washington (+24 percent). Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (11 percent lower) and Atlanta (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Corporate Counsel Salaries




National Average
$117,000


Skills That Affect Corporate Counsel Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Corporate Governance
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Real Estate
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Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
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National Average
$117,000

Contract Negotiation
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Litigation Case Management
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Legal Compliance
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Regulatory Compliance
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Corporate
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Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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