Average Experienced Legal Counsel Salary

$136,237
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$17,687
Bonus
$11,000
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Experienced Legal Counsel is $136,237.
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$85k
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$136k
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$206k
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MEDIAN $136,237
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Salary
$85k - $206k
Bonus
$3k - $49k
Profit Sharing
$9 - $45k
Total Pay
$86k - $237k

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Job Description for Legal Counsel

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.

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Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Legal Counsel. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Legal Counsel
General Counsel
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Legal Counsel

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

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Counsel

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 $71,216 based on 102 salaries. An early career Legal Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,546 based on 594 salaries. A mid-career Legal Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $120,320 based on 516 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $152,185.
Employees with Legal Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 39.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (25.2% more) and Los Angeles, California (16.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (2.8% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (0.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,299 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.9%
Early Career
45.7%
Mid Career
39.7%
Late Career
6.7%

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