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Corporate Lawyer Salary

Salaries for Corporate Lawyers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Total cash compensation for Corporate Lawyers runs from $55K to $253K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $51K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Men make up the majority of Corporate Lawyers (67 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$56,180 - $199,385
(Median)
$56K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $101,321
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50%
90%

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$12.69 - $491.32
(Median)
$13
$51
$490
MEDIAN: $51.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$56,180 - $199,385  
   
Bonus
$60.50 - $40,634  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $50,684  
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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$55,010 - $252,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $491.32  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$60.50 - $40,634  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $50,684  
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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$55,010 - $252,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The relatively untested earn a median of $91K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $119K. For Corporate Lawyers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $141K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $194K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Corporate Lawyers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 69 percent above the national average. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+57 percent), Houston (+21 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Corporate Lawyer's salary, with Philadelphia Corporate Lawyers earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Boston (27 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 87%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$104,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 14%