Average Corporate Attorney Salary

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The average salary for a Corporate Attorney is $99,149.
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$66k - $174k
$1k - $46k
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$493 - $98k
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$66k - $201k

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Job Description for Corporate Attorney

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.

Career Paths

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Corporate Attorney
Associate General Counsel
Corporate Counsel
Corporate Lawyer
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Corporate Attorney

Skills in Corporate Governance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Intellectual Property (IP), Legal Document Review, Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Attorney

An entry-level Corporate Attorney with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $83,040 based on 20 salaries. An early career Corporate Attorney with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,640 based on 166 salaries. A mid-career Corporate Attorney with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $106,960 based on 108 salaries. An experienced Corporate Attorney with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $141,203 based on 71 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $166,243.
Employees with Corporate Attorney in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 51.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (34.1% more) and New York, New York (27.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (19.3% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (9.2% less).

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