Average Early-Career Legal Counsel Salary

$96,661
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$9,764
Bonus
$4,532
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The average salary for an Early-Career Legal Counsel is $96,661.
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$64k
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$97k
90%
$144k
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Salary
$64k - $144k
Bonus
$2k - $25k
Profit Sharing
$884 - $27k
Total Pay
$64k - $156k

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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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Popular Skills for Legal Counsel

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

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 $74,008 based on 19 salaries. A mid-career Legal Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,872 based on 501 salaries. An experienced Legal Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $139,372 based on 323 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $155,371.
Employees with Legal Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 44.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (16.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (15.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (20.2% less) and Chicago, Illinois (13.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 952 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.0%
Mid Career
52.6%
Experienced
33.9%
Late Career
11.4%

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