Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salary

The median total income of Corporate In-House Lawyers is around $108K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (roughly one-half, in fact) comes from commissions. In the world of Corporate In-House Lawyers, overall income ranges from $72K near the bottom to $206K at the top; this can include more than $44K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate In-House Lawyers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Women Corporate In-House Lawyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,469 - $180,982
$70K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $104,073
10%
50%
90%

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$32.50 - $112.50
$41
MEDIAN: $41.25
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$0$204K
Salary $70,469 - $180,982
Bonus $967 - $41,217
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,943
Commission $55,000
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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$72,648 - $204,472
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 258
Hourly Data $0$112
Hourly Rate $41.25
Overtime $52.50
Annual Data $0$204K
Bonus $967 - $41,217
Commission $55,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,943
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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$72,648 - $204,472
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Positions as an attorney/lawyer (corporate, in-house) are available in a wide variety of industries and companies, as almost any company that is large enough to warrant in-house counsel will hire these attorneys. The exact duties performed by these attorneys vary based on the company’s industry and needs, but typical tasks include handling brokerage agreements, non-disclosure agreements, contract reviews, and transactional support. Counseling and negotiation support are also necessary, as is non-litigation dispute resolution. The attorney/lawyer (corporate, in-house) also works with other attorneys representing the company, and they have regular contact with clients and management.

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Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Tasks

  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases
  • 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

Common Career Paths for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)


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Advancing into a Senior Corporate Lawyer role seems to be a popular career move for Corporate In-House Lawyers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $153K per year.

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Popular Skills for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)


Survey results suggest that Corporate In-House Lawyers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Real Estate, Legal Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Drafting Correspondence are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Regulatory Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Litigation Case Management and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in Contract Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Pay by Experience for an Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) has a positive trend. An entry-level Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 142 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 62 salaries. An Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $170,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,213

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Corporate In-House Lawyers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Corporate In-House Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent) and Boston (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Chicago (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house)

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

▲59%

▲20%

National Average
$107,000

▼2%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Salaries

Real Estate
▲17%



National Average
$107,000




Litigation Case Management
▼9%

Regulatory Compliance
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 10%
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