Average Mid-Career Legal Counsel Salary in Washington, District of Columbia

$109,973
Avg. Salary
$9,826
Bonus
$6,000
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The average salary for a Mid-Career Legal Counsel in Washington, District of Columbia is $109,973.
10%
$67k
10%
$110k
50%
$176k
90%
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MEDIAN $109,973
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Salary
$67k - $176k
Bonus
$3k - $20k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $6k
Total Pay
$67k - $210k

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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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Legal Counsel. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Legal Counsel
Senior Counsel
Corporate 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, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research and Lobbying.

Pay by Experience Level for Legal Counsel

An early career Legal Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $80,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Legal Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $180,000 based on 5 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $207,744.
Employees with Legal Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 51.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (24.5% more) and Los Angeles, California (19.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (11.2% less) and Dallas, Texas (3.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 36 survey responses.
Early Career
69.4%
Experienced
13.9%
Late Career
16.7%

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