Average Legal Counsel Salary

$116,243
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$11,881
Bonus
$6,000
Commission
$9,290
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The average salary for a Legal Counsel is $116,243.
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$70k
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$116k
90%
$181k
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$70k - $181k
Bonus
$3k - $35k
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$1k - $31k
Commission
$0 - $6k
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$72k - $201k
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What Do Legal Counsels Do?

Legal Counsel Tasks
  • Advise business in legal affairs of the company including government regulations, taxes, and legal and human rights.
  • Apply for registration and copyrights for the products, processes, and trademarks of the organization.
  • Manage disputes and litigations.
  • Prepare and review legal documents including contracts, licenses, leases, sales and purchases, and real estate, etc.

Job Satisfaction for Legal Counsel

3.8 out of 5
(198)
Highly Satisfied
16Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Legal Counsel are from the companies Washington State Bar Association, Sulzer Pumps and National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Reported salaries are highest at CBS Corporation where the average pay is $157,401. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include SS&C Technologies, Inc. and Key Energy Services, Inc., earning around $139,500 and $126,000, respectively. French Lick Resort and Casino pays the lowest at around $72,500. Washington State Bar Association and Sulzer Pumps also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $91,000 and $96,078, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Legal Counsels?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Legal Counsels?

An entry-level Legal Counsel with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $73,346 based on 22 salaries. An early career Legal Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,584 based on 489 salaries. A mid-career Legal Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $125,041 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Legal Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $141,474 based on 325 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $155,977.
Employees with Legal Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 35.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (13.0% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (8.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (13.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,435 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.5%
Early Career
34.1%
Mid Career
34.4%
Experienced
22.6%
Late Career
7.4%

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