Corporate Lawyer Salary

Corporate Lawyers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($104K) annually in the United States. In the world of Corporate Lawyers, total cash compensation can vary between $59K and $302K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $51K and $161K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Corporate Lawyers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Corporate Lawyers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction.

$57,816 - $248,214
$58K
$100K
$250K
MEDIAN: $104,026
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50%
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$30.20 - $388.86
$30
$62
$390
MEDIAN: $62.25
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$0$302K
Salary $57,816 - $248,214
Bonus $1,026 - $50,684
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $161,000
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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$59,487 - $302,353
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 236
Hourly Data $0$566
Hourly Rate $30.20 - $388.86
Hourly Tips $566
Overtime $65.00
Annual Data $0$302K
Bonus $1,026 - $50,684
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $161,000
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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$59,487 - $302,353
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 20

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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

  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases
  • 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

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: $117,192

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

With a pay rate for Corporate Lawyers that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+45 percent) and New York (+25 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Corporate Lawyers is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 38 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Miami (37 percent lower and 30 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Corporate Lawyer

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
▲79%

Experienced
▲36%

▲25%

National Average
$117,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Corporate
▲37%

National Average
$117,000

Contract Negotiation
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 23%
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