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Average Corporate Counsel Salary

$117,134
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$12,173
Bonus
$16,500
Commission
$6,942
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Corporate Counsel is $117,134.
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$76k
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$117k
90%
$176k
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$76k - $176k
Bonus
$3k - $35k
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$998 - $36k
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$0 - $17k
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$78k - $198k
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What Do Corporate Counsels Do?

Corporate Counsel Tasks
  • Conduct research on legal matters.
  • Work with regulators on business and regulatory issues.
  • Provide legal guidance to business and technical departments.
  • Negotiate and draft commercial contracts.
  • Handle complaints and compliance matters.

Job Satisfaction for Corporate Counsel

4 out of 5
(317)
Highly Satisfied
15Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Corporate Counsel are from the companies Amazon.com Inc, Society of Actuaries and Iconix Brand Group. Reported salaries are highest at Amazon.com Inc where the average pay is $160,345. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Google, Inc. and SBA Network Services, Inc., earning around $150,000 and $128,053, respectively. Iconix Brand Group pays the lowest at around $85,961. Society of Actuaries and True Blue, Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $87,846 and $110,000, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Corporate Counsels?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Counsels?

An entry-level Corporate Counsel with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $79,024 based on 40 salaries. An early career Corporate Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,817 based on 834 salaries. A mid-career Corporate Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $124,801 based on 918 salaries. An experienced Corporate Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $143,182 based on 432 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $154,873.
Employees with Corporate Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 35.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (26.1% more) and Seattle, Washington (10.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (12.0% less) and Denver, Colorado (1.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,367 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.7%
Early Career
35.2%
Mid Career
38.8%
Experienced
18.3%
Late Career
6.0%