Corporate Attorney Salary

Corporate Attorneys in the United States pull down an average of $96K per year. In the world of Corporate Attorneys, total cash compensation can vary between $62K and $193K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $48K and $88K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Corporate Attorneys who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$63,136 - $166,700
$63K
$95K
$170K
MEDIAN: $95,203
10%
50%
90%

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$20.35 - $88.44
$44
MEDIAN: $44.03
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$0$192K
Salary $63,136 - $166,700
Bonus $1,638 - $44,491
Profit Sharing $500 - $75,000
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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$60,876 - $192,854
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 235
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $44.03
Overtime $35.00
Annual Data $0$192K
Bonus $1,638 - $44,491
Profit Sharing $500 - $75,000
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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$60,876 - $192,854
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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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

  • 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 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

National Average: $99,467

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
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Corporate Attorney Salaries

▲95%

▲58%

▲12%

National Average
$99,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Corporate Attorney Salaries


National Average
$99,000



Mergers and Acquisitions
▼4%

Regulatory Compliance
▼14%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 5%
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