Corporate Lawyer Salary

Corporate Lawyers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $101K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Corporate Lawyers bottoms out near $55K and approaches $255K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $40K from bonuses and almost $50K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Male Corporate Lawyers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Corporate Lawyers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,712 - $202,337

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$12.85 - $475.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$56,712 - $202,337  
   
Bonus
$487.22 - $40,443  
Profit Sharing
$59.00 - $50,000  
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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$55,432 - $255,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$160$320$480
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $475.00  
   
Overtime
$16.70 - $40.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$320K$640K$960K
Bonus
$487.22 - $40,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.00 - $50,000  
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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$55,432 - $255,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $91K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $116K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $151K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $190K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 69 percent, Corporate Lawyers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Corporate Lawyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+69 percent), Chicago (+47 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Corporate Lawyers in Atlanta earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 29 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$104,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%
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