Average Corporate Counsel Salary

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The average salary for a Corporate Counsel is $115,846.
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$75k - $176k
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$77k - $200k

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Job Description for Corporate Counsel

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

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The top respondents for the job title Corporate Counsel are from the companies Society of Actuaries, SBA Network Services, Inc. and Iconix Brand Group. Reported salaries are highest at Amazon.com Inc where the average pay is $167,048. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include SBA Network Services, Inc. and McKesson Corp., earning around $128,053 and $120,992, 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.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Counsel

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

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Counsel

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 $77,920 based on 29 salaries. An early career Corporate Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,750 based on 860 salaries. A mid-career Corporate Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $123,077 based on 912 salaries. An experienced Corporate Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $141,156 based on 484 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $153,629.
Employees with Corporate Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 33.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (26.4% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (5.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (10.9% less).

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