$98,928
Avg. Salary
$75.00
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$11,622

Bonus

$4,958

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Corporate Attorney is $75.00 per hour.

The median Corporate Attorney has a base pay of $98,928. Salaries generally range from $65k to $175k. The median bonus is $11,622. Skills that can affect salary include Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Legal Document Review, Mergers and Acquisitions, Regulatory Compliance, Intellectual Property (IP).
$12.37
10%
$75.00
50%
$501.67
90%
MEDIAN $75.00
$65k
10%
$99k
50%
$175k
90%
MEDIAN $98,928
$64,584 - $174,782
$65K
$99K
$170K
MEDIAN: $98,928
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$12.37 - $502
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MEDIAN: $75.00
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$0$198K
Salary $64,584 - $174,782
Bonus $1,214 - $44,770
Profit Sharing $964 - $92,738
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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$64,553 - $198,980
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 412
Hourly Data $0$501
Hourly Rate $12.37 - $502
Hourly Tips $23.81
Overtime $268
Annual Data $0$198K
Bonus $1,214 - $44,770
Profit Sharing $964 - $92,738
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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$64,553 - $198,980
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

Job Description for Corporate Attorney

Corporate lawyers can serve as advisers to business executives, or they may represent a corporation in court. They draft business contracts and amendments. They are involved in various matters, such as company’s mergers, employee benefits, and corporate compliance. They also handle human resources issues and represent their companies when they are sued by employees. They work on behalf of their employers in matters pertaining to patent infringement and customers’ lawsuits. They negotiate and draft license service agreements and buyer/seller agreements.

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Corporate Attorney Tasks
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, 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.
  • 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.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Attorney


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Corporate Attorneys who advance into the role of a General Counsel are fairly uncommon. General Counsels on average earn $153K per year. A common career progression for a Corporate Attorney is to become a Corporate Counsel or an Associate General Counsel. Compared to Corporate Attorneys, the first group earns $18K more on average, and the second group earns $36K more.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney


Survey results show that Corporate Attorneys use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Legal Compliance, Legal Document Review, and Mergers and Acquisitions are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Intellectual Property, Regulatory Compliance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to know Legal Document Review.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Corporate Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 56 salaries. A Corporate Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $194,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

32%

National Average: $103,730

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

With a pay rate for Corporate Attorneys that is 75 percent greater than the national average, Atlanta offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+73 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), New York (+37 percent), and Denver (+25 percent). Corporate Attorneys' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Corporate Attorneys in Orlando bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Corporate Attorney

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

▲87%

▲52%

▲7%

National Average
$104,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries

National Average
$104,000




Mergers and Acquisitions
▼8%

Regulatory Compliance
▼17%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 6%