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How Much Does a Corporate Counsel Earn In The United States?

Corporate Counsel Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$128,000
$77,000
$128,000
$213,000
Corporate counsels in the United States make an average salary of $128,352 per year or $61.71 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $77,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $213,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Colorado, California, Connecticut, and New York provide the highest corporate counsel salaries.
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Where Corporate Counsels Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Corporate Counsels Earn In Different Cities?

While a corporate counsel can average a salary of $128,352 per year, or $61.71 per hour, there are many opportunities for corporate counsels to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $168,332 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Englewood, CO and Seattle, WA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $87,000. The highest paying states for corporate counsels include Washington, Colorado and California. Meanwhile, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Kansas offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range119k - 237k$168k$168,332

Washington, DC

Salary Range116k - 233k$165k$164,841

Englewood, CO

Salary Range108k - 212k$152k$152,136

Seattle, WA

Salary Range111k - 200k$149k$149,417

Stamford, CT

Salary Range95k - 199k$138k$137,808

New York, NY

Salary Range93k - 194k$135k$135,077

Chicago, IL

Salary Range85k - 170k$121k$120,598

Boston, MA

Salary Range80k - 176k$119k$119,455

McLean, VA

Salary Range82k - 166k$118k$117,646

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range82k - 167k$117k$117,233
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$237k

High Paying Corporate Counsel Jobs

Which Companies Pay Corporate Counsels The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a corporate counsel, being employed by a company such as Google or Athenahealth would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Zendesk and Palo Alto Networks also report highly competitive salaries for corporate counsels.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Google
Salary Range246k - 299k$272k$272,065
Athenahealth
Salary Range219k - 287k$251k$251,013
Zendesk
Salary Range228k - 269k$248k$248,100
Palo Alto Networks
Salary Range225k - 267k$246k$245,594
RELX
Salary Range208k - 272k$239k$238,762
Okta
Salary Range213k - 267k$239k$238,622
CBS
Salary Range209k - 265k$235k$235,493
AppFolio
Salary Range209k - 262k$235k$234,601
Intuit
Salary Range201k - 270k$234k$233,706
HubSpot
Salary Range206k - 262k$233k$232,854
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    How Much Do Corporate Counsels Make In Different Industries?

    Corporate counsel salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with real estate, health care, and hospitality companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a corporate counsel can make a yearly salary of $215,290 while working for real estate companies. All the while, other corporate counsels are making $191,117 at health care companies and $171,099 at hospitality companies. One industry corporate counsels may want to avoid is the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $121,784.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Real Estate

    Salary Range189k - 244k$215k$215,290

    Health Care

    Salary Range162k - 224k$191k$191,117

    Hospitality

    Salary Range141k - 206k$171k$171,099

    Finance

    Salary Range138k - 206k$169k$169,025

    Technology

    Salary Range132k - 200k$163k$163,208

    Transportation

    Salary Range128k - 205k$162k$162,054

    Telecommunication

    Salary Range100k - 153k$124k$124,345
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    How Experience Affects Corporate Counsel Salaries

    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.

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