Corporate Lawyer Salary

Corporate Lawyers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $102K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation for Corporate Lawyers runs from $59K to $307K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $51K and profit sharing that can reach almost $145K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Corporate Lawyers (82 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,102 - $255,122
$57K
$100K
$260K
MEDIAN: $102,330
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50%
90%

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$30.41 - $345.21
$30
$62
$350
MEDIAN: $61.68
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$57,102 - $255,122  
   
Bonus
$1,515 - $51,184  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $145,000  
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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$58,997 - $306,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$190$380$570
Hourly Rate
$30.41 - $345.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$566  
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1M
Bonus
$1,515 - $51,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $145,000  
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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$58,997 - $306,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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Job Description for Corporate Lawyer

Corporate lawyers are responsible for all aspects of corporate law practice. This includes all legal processes related to the formation, operation, and governance of a corporation or corporation-like entity such as a limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or alliance. The corporate lawyer may be responsible for helping establish a new corporation, which requires filing articles of incorporation and adhering to all relevant federal, state, and local regulations. Once a corporation has been established, corporate lawyers give advice on its business transactions with other entities and provide advice about regulations, licensing of new technologies, and managomg all legal disputes regarding operations. Corporate lawyers are also responsible for providing advice and planning related to corporate mergers, acquisitions, and other large-scale strategic deals.

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Corporate Lawyer Tasks

  • 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.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Lawyer

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 156 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Corporate Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $159,000 based on 63 salaries. A Corporate Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $210,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,717

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Corporate Lawyers, 57 percent above the national average. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+52 percent) and New York (+32 percent). Corporate Lawyers in Atlanta make 35 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Miami (34 percent lower and 27 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Corporate Lawyer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
▲88%

Experienced
▲42%

▲31%

National Average
$112,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Corporate
▲43%

National Average
$112,000

Contract Negotiation
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 18%