A Legal Counsel earns an average salary of $98,551 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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$58,512 - $159,926
(Median)
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74K
99K
130K
160K
MEDIAN: $98,550
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Legal Counsel Total Pay (?
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$15.40 - $100.67
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,512 - $159,926  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,651  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $29,233  
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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$58,725 - $181,396  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $100.67  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,651  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $29,233  
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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$58,725 - $181,396  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 519
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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
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Dallas
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Boston
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San Francisco
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Raleigh
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$104,000
Washington
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Columbus
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Experience Affects Legal Counsel Salaries

National Average
$104,000

Skills That Affect Legal Counsel Salaries

National Average
$104,000
Intellectual Property (IP)
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Regulatory Compliance
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Gender
Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
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: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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