Legal Counsel Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Legal Counsel is $98,396 per year. A skill in Corporate is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Legal Counsel Total Pay (?
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$58,768 - $158,409
(Median)
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98K
130K
160K
MEDIAN: $98,395
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Legal Counsel Total Pay (?
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$15.17 - $127.66
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,768 - $158,409  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,425  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $30,201  
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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$59,235 - $180,679  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 578
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $127.66  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $48.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $30,201  
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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$59,235 - $180,679  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 578
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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 22%
Dallas
up arrow 18%
Boston
up arrow 16%
Philadelphia
up arrow 15%
up arrow 14%
Raleigh
up arrow 14%
Denver
up arrow 2%
National Average
$103,000
Washington
up arrow 1%
Seattle
up arrow 6%
Chicago
up arrow 9%
Columbus
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Experience Affects Legal Counsel Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Skills That Affect Legal Counsel Salaries

Corporate
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Intellectual Property (IP)
0%
National Average
$103,000
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%
Real Estate
up arrow 30%
Contract Management
up arrow 34%

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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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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