Corporate Lawyer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Corporate Lawyers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $106K per year. In the world of Corporate Lawyers, total cash compensation can vary between $59K and $303K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $51K and $162K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Corporate Lawyers who answered the questionnnaire. Though the majority of Corporate Lawyers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While slightly more than a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$54,248 - $247,936
$54K
$110K
$250K
MEDIAN: $107,774
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$44.04 - $391.96
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$390
MEDIAN: $62.25
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$0$300K
Salary $54,248 - $247,936
Bonus $1,479 - $51,222
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $158,798
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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$58,583 - $300,353
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 237
Hourly Data $0$391
Hourly Rate $44.04 - $391.96
Overtime $47.50
Annual Data $0$300K
Bonus $1,479 - $51,222
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $158,798
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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$58,583 - $300,353
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Corporate Lawyer

Corporate lawyers are responsible for all aspects of corporate law practice. This includes all legal processes related to the formation, operation, and governance of a corporation or corporation-like entity such as a limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or alliance. The corporate lawyer may be responsible for helping establish a new corporation, which requires filing articles of incorporation and adhering to all relevant federal, state, and local regulations. Once a corporation has been established, corporate lawyers give advice on its business transactions with other entities and provide advice about regulations, licensing of new technologies, and managomg all legal disputes regarding operations. Corporate lawyers are also responsible for providing advice and planning related to corporate mergers, acquisitions, and other large-scale strategic deals.

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Corporate Lawyer 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

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Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Lawyer

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 156 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Corporate Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $159,000 based on 63 salaries. A Corporate Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $210,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $120,453

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

For Corporate Lawyers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Lawyers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+43 percent) and New York (+24 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Corporate Lawyer's salary, with Atlanta Corporate Lawyers earning salaries that are 39 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Miami (38 percent lower and 31 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Corporate Lawyer

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
▲74%

Experienced
▲32%

▲22%

National Average
$120,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Corporate Lawyer Salaries

Corporate
▲33%

National Average
$120,000

Contract Negotiation
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 25%
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