Legal Counsel Salary (United States)

A Legal Counsel earns an average salary of $97,956 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Legal Counsel Total Pay (?
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$58,767 - $158,878
(Median)
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130K
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MEDIAN: $97,955
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Legal Counsel Total Pay (?
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$15.29 - $126.71
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,767 - $158,878  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,371  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $30,100  
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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$59,240 - $180,763  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 608
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $126.71  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $48.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,371  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $30,100  
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).
)
$59,240 - $180,763  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 608
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Job Description for Legal Counsel

Legal counsels, also called general counsels, are the chief lawyers of large corporations or government agencies. They advise departments on legal ramifications, ensure that the business is working in accordance with the law, and may represent the company or government agency in the case that a law suit is filed.
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Legal Counsel Tasks
  • Manage disputes and litigations.
  • Prepare and review legal documents including contracts, licenses, leases, sales and purchases, and real estate, etc.
  • Advise business in legal affairs of the company including government regulations, taxes, and legal and human rights.
  • Apply for registration and copyrights for the products, processes, and trademarks of the organization.

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Pay by Experience Level for Legal Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Atlanta
up arrow 21%
Boston
up arrow 15%
Philadelphia
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Raleigh
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Washington
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Dallas
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Denver
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St. Louis
0%
National Average
$102,000
Seattle
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Chicago
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Columbus
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Experience Affects Legal Counsel Salaries

National Average
$102,000

Skills That Affect Legal Counsel Salaries

National Average
$102,000
Intellectual Property (IP)
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Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%
Real Estate
up arrow 18%
Contract Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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