Generous salaries abound for Corporate Lawyers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. In the world of Corporate Lawyers, total cash compensation can vary between $59K and $299K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $50K and $131K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Corporate Lawyers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Corporate Lawyers who answered the questionnnaire.

$58,882 - $242,310
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$59K
$100K
$240K
MEDIAN: $102,160
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$19.39 - $360.65
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$360
MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$58,882 - $242,310  
   
Bonus
$1,510 - $49,833  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $130,764  
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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$58,842 - $299,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$190$380$570
Hourly Rate
$19.39 - $360.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$566  
Overtime
$47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$1,510 - $49,833  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $130,764  
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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$58,842 - $299,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Corporate Lawyers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $98K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $132K. On average, Corporate Lawyers make $149K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $170K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,666

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

Corporate Lawyers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 60 percent. Corporate Lawyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+48 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Corporate Lawyer's salary, with Atlanta Corporate Lawyers earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 33 percent less in Philadelphia and 19 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$110,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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