Corporate Lawyer Salary

Average pay for a Corporate Lawyer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $102K per year. Overall incomes of Corporate Lawyers generally bottom out at around $58K and peak near $260K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $49K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Corporate Lawyers survey respondents are men (72 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,268 - $204,448
(Median)
$58K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $101,516
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$12.94 - $494.93
(Median)
$13
$98
$490
MEDIAN: $98.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$58,268 - $204,448  
   
Bonus
$966 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,665  
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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$57,624 - $260,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$190$380$570
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $494.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$566  
Overtime
$32.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$966 - $48,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,665  
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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$57,624 - $260,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Corporate Lawyers. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $95K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $124K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $152K in this role. Corporate Lawyers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $199K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,230

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

With a pay rate for Corporate Lawyers that is 68 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+68 percent), Chicago (+46 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Corporate Lawyers in Atlanta earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 30 percent less in Philadelphia and 21 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 91%

Experienced
up arrow 46%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$104,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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