Average Mid-Career Legal Counsel Salary

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The average salary for a Mid-Career Legal Counsel is $120,320.
MEDIAN $120,320
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$75k - $172k
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$2k - $40k
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$76k - $192k

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Legal Counsel

The top respondents for the job title Legal Counsel are from the companies Elekta, Inc., National Cattlemen's Beef Association and SS&C Technologies, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at SS&C Technologies, Inc. where the average pay is $139,500. National Cattlemen's Beef Association pays the lowest at around $105,000.

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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 $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. An experienced Legal Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $136,237 based on 286 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 39.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (13.8% more) and Los Angeles, California (8.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (18.9% less) and Washington, District of Columbia (8.6% less).

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