Corporate Lawyer Salary

Corporate Lawyers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall cash earnings for Corporate Lawyers vary widely between $58K and $260K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $49K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Corporate Lawyers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Corporate Lawyers survey respondents are men (72 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,268 - $204,448
(Median)
$58K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $101,516
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90%

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $95K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $124K. Corporate Lawyers see a median salary of $152K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $199K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,230

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

For those looking to make money, Corporate Lawyers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 68 percent above the national average. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+68 percent), Chicago (+46 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Corporate Lawyers earning much less — 30 percent less — than 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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