Updated August 22, 2022

Average Corporate Counsel Salary

$142,515yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$68.52 hourly

Entry level Salary
$98,000 yearly
$98,000
10 %
$142,515
Median
$207,000
90 %

How much does a Corporate Counsel make?

Corporate counsels make $142,515 per year on average, or $68.52 per hour, in the United States. Corporate counsels on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $98,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $207,000.

Location impacts how much a corporate counsel can expect to make. Corporate counsels make the most in California, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Illinois.

Highest Paying States For Corporate Counsels

The darker areas on the map show where corporate counsels earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Corporate Counsel average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$163,635$78.671,048
2New York$146,733$70.54566
3Massachusetts$140,540$67.57294
4Illinois$136,780$65.76321
5District of Columbia$154,140$74.11122
6Utah$127,738$61.4176
7Virginia$137,262$65.99188
8Connecticut$136,623$65.6862
9Washington$131,272$63.11261
10Nevada$125,922$60.5446
11Colorado$131,163$63.06144
12Vermont$130,400$62.6911
13Texas$123,207$59.23441
14Pennsylvania$122,003$58.66175
15Georgia$123,222$59.24182
16Minnesota$124,569$59.89113
17North Carolina$120,724$58.04180
18Delaware$122,033$58.6744
19Ohio$118,226$56.84160
20Oregon$123,300$59.2896
21New Jersey$124,554$59.88140
22West Virginia$118,984$57.204
23Missouri$119,130$57.2767
24Michigan$115,320$55.44103
25Arizona$116,393$55.96108
26Tennessee$114,942$55.2667
27Maryland$122,531$58.9190
28Rhode Island$118,245$56.8517
29Indiana$114,172$54.8981
30Alaska$122,662$58.973
31Wisconsin$111,866$53.7879
32Nebraska$114,967$55.2724
33Wyoming$112,379$54.037
34Alabama$114,045$54.8330
35Florida$110,110$52.94301
36Iowa$112,832$54.2526
37North Dakota$110,223$52.9910
38New Hampshire$110,349$53.0520
39Kansas$109,536$52.6627
40Oklahoma$109,715$52.7523
41South Carolina$110,209$52.9938
42Louisiana$109,992$52.8825
43Maine$107,579$51.7215
44Kentucky$104,365$50.1843
45South Dakota$105,605$50.7710
46Idaho$106,421$51.1618
47Arkansas$81,955$39.4035
48Montana$101,344$48.7212
49New Mexico$105,055$50.5110
50Hawaii$101,116$48.619
51Mississippi$98,768$47.4811

Highest Paying Cities For Corporate Counsels

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$172,142$82.76
2Washington, DC$155,502$74.76
3New York, NY$147,436$70.88
4Boston, MA$141,074$67.82
5Arlington, VA$138,815$66.74
6Chicago, IL$137,462$66.09
7Seattle, WA$132,429$63.67
8Littleton, CO$131,399$63.17
9Salt Lake City, UT$127,522$61.31
10Newark, NJ$124,722$59.96
11Austin, TX$124,603$59.91
12Minneapolis, MN$124,504$59.86
13Alpharetta, GA$124,158$59.69
14Harrisburg, PA$122,011$58.66
15Dover, DE$121,843$58.58

Corporate Counsel Salary Details

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Average Corporate Counsel Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Corporate Counsel's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$207,000$17,250$100
75th Percentile$173,000$14,417$83
Average$142,515$11,876$69
25th Percentile$117,000$9,750$56
10th Percentile$98,000$8,167$47

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Lawyer$115,808$9,651$55.682,897
Attorney At Law$108,018$9,002$51.937,025
Staff Attorney$110,028$9,169$52.9075,402
Legal Administrator$47,198$3,933$22.6956,419
Attorney$109,476$9,123$52.6310,991
Legal Extern$47,238$3,937$22.7110,986

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Which Companies Pay Corporate Counsels The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Perkins Coie and Waymo are the highest paying companies for corporate counsels.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Perkins Coie$208,260$100.13
2Waymo$199,429$95.88
3DoorDash$198,230$95.302
4Meta$197,547$94.9746
5Bloomberg$190,049$91.372
6Google$189,677$91.194
7Chewy$189,341$91.03
8Match Group$188,322$90.54
9Zendesk$183,557$88.254
10Amazon$182,698$87.8463
11Palo Alto Networks$182,620$87.80
12Fortinet$181,106$87.071
13Medallia$180,524$86.79
14VMware$178,999$86.06
15Shiseido$177,990$85.57
16Expedia Group$177,884$85.52
17Cisco$177,179$85.1820
18Bed Bath & Beyond$177,134$85.16
19Arrow Electronics$176,975$85.081
20Slalom$176,972$85.08

How Much Do Corporate Counsels Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a corporate counsel salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The technology industry pays corporate counsels an average salary of $155,816

  2. The professional industry pay $141,182

  3. The lowest paying industry for corporate counsels is the manufacturing industry. Corporate counsels in this industry earn an average salary of $133,539

Highest Paying Industries For Corporate Counsels

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$155,816$74.91
2Professional$141,182$67.88
3Telecommunication$139,036$66.84
4Finance$138,060$66.38
5Manufacturing$133,539$64.20

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Corporate Counsel Salary Trends

The salary for a corporate counsel can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Corporate Counsel Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$82,700$39.76
Mid Level$99,800$47.99
Senior Level$209,000$100.65

Average Corporate Counsel Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Corporate Counsel Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$143,000$68.52+3.1%
    2021$138,000$66.37+1.7%
    2020$136,000$65.27+1.4%
    2019$134,000$64.37+0.9%
    2018$133,000$63.78+2.0%

    Recently Added Corporate Counsel Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    PeratonCorporate Counsel-InvestigationsHerndon, VA07/26/2022$103,200
    Adobe Systems IncorporatedManaging Counsel, Corporate LegalSeattle, WA07/24/2022$155,500
    Adobe Systems IncorporatedManaging Counsel, Corporate LegalNew York, NY07/24/2022$155,500
    Northrop GrummanCorporate Counsel, EHS and Real Estate LawFalls Church, VA07/23/2022$188,300
    Davita Inc.Director, SR Corporate CounselDenver, CO07/22/2022$110,100
    International Executive Service CorpsDirector, Legal-Corporate CounselReno, NV07/22/2022$132,000
    Dish Network CorporationSenior Corporate Counsel-Denver Wireless Real EstateLittleton, CO07/21/2022$133,000
    DishSenior Corporate Counsel-Denver Wireless Real EstateLittleton, CO07/21/2022$133,000
    Salesforce.com, Inc.Corporate Counsel, PatentCharleston, WV07/20/2022$150,200
    Salesforce.com, Inc.Corporate Counsel, PatentLittle Rock, AR07/20/2022$150,200

    Corporate Counsel Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Corporate Counsels the most?

    California pays Corporate Counsels the most in the United States, with an average salary of $163,635 per year, or $78.67 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Corporate Counsel?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Corporate Counsel if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $154,140 per year.

    What type of Corporate Counsel gets paid the most?

    Assistant General Counsel gets paid the most. Assistant General Counsel made a median salary of $141,227. The best-paid 10 percent make $175,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $113,000.

    How much do corporate counsels make?

    Corporate counsels make, on average, $121,000 a year ($58.65 an hour). There is a considerable range in how much a corporate counsel can make, starting from as little as $76,000 a year to as much as $195,000 a year. Factors such as location and industry impact how much a corporate lawyer can make.

    How much do corporate lawyers make at most?

    Corporate lawyers make at most between $150,000 to $200,000 a year. The average corporate lawyer salary is $111,078 a year. Factors such as years of experience, the size of the corporation, and location impact how much a corporate lawyer can make.

    How much does counsel at a law firm make?

    A counsel at a law firm makes, on average, $190,368 a year. However, this can range from as little as $101,000 a year to as much as $840,000 a year. At a big law firm, the median for a counsel position is around $600,000 a year. Factors that impact how much a counsel can make at a law firm include years of experience, the type of law firm, and the location.

    What type of lawyers make the most money?

    The type of lawyers that make the most money is corporate counsel.

    As the top legal officer of the corporation, the General counsel oversees litigation and enforces corporate compliance, and earns an average median salary of $2.8 billion, according to a recent Equilar report.

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