Corporate Lawyer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Corporate Lawyer is $99,082 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Corporate Lawyer Salary (?
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$51,311 - $208,188
(Median)
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210K
MEDIAN: $99,081
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Corporate Lawyer Salary (?
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$12.91 - $440.42
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $75.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$51,311 - $208,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,615  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $30,521  
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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$51,355 - $264,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $440.42  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$300K$600K$900K
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,615  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $30,521  
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).
)
$51,355 - $264,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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
  • 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 Lawyer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 96%
Los Angeles
up arrow 37%
New York
up arrow 16%
National Average
$102,000
Miami
up arrow 2%
Philadelphia
up arrow 25%
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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 145%
Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
up arrow 20%
National Average
$102,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 15%