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Corporate Lawyer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Corporate Lawyers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. In the world of Corporate Lawyers, overall income ranges from $55K near the bottom to $258K at the top; this can include more than $41K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Corporate Lawyers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,600 - $200,191
(Median)
$56K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $100,704
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$12.76 - $487.22
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$13
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$490
MEDIAN: $100
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$55,600 - $200,191  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $41,040  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $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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$54,693 - $258,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $487.22  
   
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
$99.33 - $41,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $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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$54,693 - $258,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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.


Corporate Lawyers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $91K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $115K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Corporate Lawyers make a median salary of $141K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $190K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Corporate Lawyers, 82 percent higher than the national average. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+69 percent), Chicago (+40 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Corporate Lawyers in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 30 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Boston (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 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$103,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%
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