$111,433
Avg. Salary
$55.00
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$12,106

Bonus

$5,932

Profit Sharing

$39,037

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Corporate Counsel is $55.00 per hour.

The average pay for a Corporate Counsel is $111,433 per year.

10%
$29.35
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MEDIAN $55.00
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$73k
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$171k
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MEDIAN $111,433
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MEDIAN: $111,433
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$0$193K
Salary $72,525 - $171,347
Bonus $2,966 - $35,202
Profit Sharing $511 - $34,124
Commission $39,037
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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$74,576 - $193,745
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,356
Hourly Data $0$86
Hourly Rate $29.35 - $86.81
Overtime $73.00
Annual Data $0$193K
Bonus $2,966 - $35,202
Commission $39,037
Profit Sharing $511 - $34,124
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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$74,576 - $193,745
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

Job Description for Corporate Counsel

Corporate counsel work with sales, marketing, and operations by offering appropriate legal and non-legal advice. These professionals are generally retained to work as a legal agent for the business entity.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Counsel


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Corporate Counsels do not often transition into Deputy General Counsel roles. The role averages $175K per year. Corporate Counsels most often move into positions as General Counsels or Associate General Counsels; those groups report median salaries that are $35K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

Corporate Counsel Job Listings

Popular Skills for Corporate Counsel


Corporate Counsels report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Securities and Exchange Commision Experience, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Compliance, and Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Claim Handling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Real Estate and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Contract Negotiation also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Counsel

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 546 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 465 salaries. An experienced Corporate Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $143,000 based on 223 salaries. A Corporate Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $163,000 based on 90 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,801

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

Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Corporate Counsels in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Corporate Counsels will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Irvine and 10 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Corporate Counsel Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Corporate Counsel?

Corporate Counsel in Dallas:
"Love it here."
Pros: The constant learning and moving parts
Cons: N/A

Corporate Counsel in Holmdel:
"Prestigious company in small town."
Pros: Proximity to home
Cons: Social aspects

Corporate Counsel in Lakeville:
"Lakeville."
Pros: Easy commute, low traffic, great town to raise a family
Cons: far from the cities

Corporate Counsel in Houston:
"Best advice."
Love what you do... If you like to read the instructions to a board game you will do well as an attorney...

Corporate Counsel in San Francisco:
"Learn Your Business, Learn Your Product."
It is absolutely impossible to be a truly effective corporate counsel without understanding your business and your product intimately. It is easy to bury yourself in pure legal work but you should always make sure that you ask questions and learn everything there is to learn about your company.

Corporate Counsel in Phoenix:
"Learning Curve."
Learning the ins and outs of your position and the organization takes time, but it is well worth it. Get to know the departments within the organization. They will rely on you, so a good working relationship is key. Learn from more experienced attorneys around you, especially those who have been in-house for an extended time.

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Key Stats for Corporate Counsel

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Corporate Counsel Salaries

▲37%

▲20%

▲10%

National Average
$119,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Corporate Counsel Salaries

Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
▲5%

National Average
$119,000

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼1%






Mergers and Acquisitions
▼8%


Corporate
▼9%



Human Resources
▼19%

Real Estate
▼21%

Claim Handling
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 7%