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Corporate Lawyer Salary

Compensation for Corporate Lawyers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($104K). Total incomes of Corporate Lawyers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $42K from bonuses and close to $197K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $55K and $262K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Corporate Lawyers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Corporate Lawyers survey respondents are men (70 percent).
$54,467 - $202,477
(Median)
$54K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $100,467
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90%

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$13.04 - $498.33
(Median)
$13
$200
$500
MEDIAN: $195.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$54,467 - $202,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $42,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $197,265  
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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$55,470 - $262,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $498.33  
   
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
$0.00 - $42,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $197,265  
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).
)
$55,470 - $262,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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.


For many Corporate Lawyers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $90K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $121K. Corporate Lawyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $147K. Corporate Lawyers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $246K.

Pay Difference by Location


Corporate Lawyers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 80 percent. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+44 percent) and New York (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Philadelphia and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 26 percent lower and 25 percent lower, respectively.

Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 135%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$104,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%