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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Legal Counsel Salary

$131,667 yearly
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

$63.30 hourly

Entry level Salary
$85,000 yearly
$85,000
10 %
$131,667
Median
$201,000
90 %

How much does a Legal Counsel make?

Legal counsels make $131,667 per year on average, or $63.3 per hour, in the United States. Legal counsels on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $85,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $201,000.

Location impacts how much a legal counsel can expect to make. Legal counsels make the most in New York, California, Virginia, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Highest Paying States For Legal Counsels

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

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Legal Counsel average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$138,993$66.82395
2District of Columbia$149,257$71.76144
3California$132,397$63.65797
4New Jersey$130,413$62.70138
5Massachusetts$121,552$58.44201
6Virginia$131,973$63.45134
7Connecticut$131,621$63.2844
8Washington$118,342$56.90215
9Illinois$117,445$56.46185
10Pennsylvania$123,759$59.50139
11North Carolina$112,695$54.18147
12Georgia$110,934$53.33158
13Michigan$107,632$51.75100
14Delaware$107,924$51.8923
15New Hampshire$109,239$52.5221
16Colorado$105,260$50.61128
17Texas$103,615$49.81308
18North Dakota$100,362$48.2515
19Arizona$102,616$49.3391
20Mississippi$113,635$54.638
21West Virginia$101,260$48.6820
22Florida$97,747$46.99354
23Utah$96,151$46.2355
24Minnesota$98,487$47.35108
25Oregon$98,231$47.2367
26New Mexico$102,723$49.398
27Tennessee$98,200$47.2147
28Vermont$97,138$46.709
29Rhode Island$94,240$45.3116
30Maryland$101,765$48.9375
31Maine$97,616$46.938
32Alabama$96,485$46.3923
33Nevada$94,822$45.5918
34Kentucky$93,555$44.9828
35Alaska$81,564$39.2112
36Ohio$85,197$40.96114
37Wisconsin$87,209$41.9356
38Louisiana$92,358$44.4014
39South Dakota$87,383$42.017
40Missouri$82,771$39.7970
41Nebraska$83,945$40.3622
42Indiana$82,745$39.7859
43Oklahoma$84,681$40.7113
44Arkansas$70,798$34.0435
45Montana$74,917$36.0214
46Iowa$82,428$39.6320
47Kansas$78,991$37.9827
48Wyoming$66,741$32.098
49Idaho$75,901$36.4916
50South Carolina$80,050$38.4932
51Hawaii$60,184$28.938

Highest Paying Cities For Legal Counsels

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Washington, DC$151,648$72.91
2San Francisco, CA$145,203$69.81
3New York, NY$144,016$69.24
4Stamford, CT$138,306$66.49
5Arlington, VA$136,129$65.45
6Jersey City, NJ$130,747$62.86
7Philadelphia, PA$126,020$60.59
8Boston, MA$123,692$59.47
9Seattle, WA$121,385$58.36
10Chicago, IL$118,790$57.11
11Raleigh, NC$114,965$55.27
12Atlanta, GA$111,712$53.71
13Round Rock, TX$105,410$50.68
14Denver, CO$105,243$50.60
15Phoenix, AZ$102,863$49.45

Legal Counsel Salary Details

Legal Counsel Salary

What is a Legal Counsel's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$201,000$16,750$97
75th Percentile$164,000$13,667$79
Average$131,667$10,972$63
25th Percentile$105,000$8,750$50
10th Percentile$85,000$7,083$41

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Staff Attorney$90,013$7,501$43.2875,402
Attorney$86,966$7,247$41.8110,991
Attorney At Law$122,285$10,190$58.797,025
Lawyer$118,390$9,866$56.922,897
Contract Attorney$88,179$7,348$42.3913,592
Legal Extern$55,979$4,665$26.9110,986

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Which Companies Pay Legal Counsels The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Bank of the West and Citi are the highest paying companies for legal counsels.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Bank of the West$256,431$123.28
2Citi$248,053$119.2640
3Twitter$243,689$117.16
4Santander Bank$236,809$113.85
5Boston Consulting Group$225,821$108.576
6Analysis Group$224,390$107.88
7Palo Alto Networks$223,549$107.486
8Stryker$216,846$104.25
9ZS$211,547$101.712
10Cambridge Associates$209,877$100.90
11ONEOK$209,572$100.76
12Bloomberg$209,105$100.534
13Avanade$206,971$99.51
14eBay$206,373$99.222
15Squire Patton Boggs$203,537$97.85
16Microsoft$200,793$96.5421
17Dechert$199,906$96.112
18Texas Instruments$198,675$95.52
19Trustmark$195,239$93.86
20Amd$190,673$91.671

Legal Counsel Salary Trends

The salary for a legal 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.

Legal Counsel Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$76,400$36.74
Mid Level$92,200$44.33
Senior Level$193,000$92.99

Average Legal Counsel Salary Over Time

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

    Legal Counsel Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$132,000$63.30+3.1%
    2021$128,000$61.32+1.7%
    2020$125,000$60.30+1.4%
    2019$124,000$59.47+0.9%
    2018$123,000$58.93+2.0%

    Recently Added Legal Counsel Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    SplunkLegal Counsel, Commercial InboundSeattle, WA05/31/2022$125,000
    Peraton CorporationCorporate Legal Counsel Associate PrincipalMaryland05/31/2022$70,138
    PerspectaCorporate Legal Counsel Associate PrincipalMaryland05/31/2022$70,138
    Florida Department of TransportationDbpr/Office of The General Counsel/Chief Legal Counsel-79010712/Open CompetitiveTallahassee, FL05/31/2022$87,550
    CommercetoolsLegal CounselDurham, NC05/28/2022$160,000
    Equinix, Inc.Legal Counsel-Privacy & RegulatoryAshburn, VA05/27/2022$134,000
    Equinix, Inc.Legal Counsel-Privacy & RegulatoryTampa, FL05/27/2022$134,000
    Arrow Electronics Inc.Legal Counsel II-SECDenver, CO05/24/2022$127,600
    Equinix, Inc.Legal Counsel, Product & Emerging ServicesDenver, CO05/23/2022$116,000
    Equinix, Inc.Legal Counsel, Product & Emerging ServicesRedwood City, CA05/23/2022$116,000

    Legal Counsel Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Legal Counsels the most?

    New York pays Legal Counsels the most in the United States, with an average salary of $149,257 per year, or $71.76 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Legal Counsel if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $138,993 per year.

    What type of Legal Counsel gets paid the most?

    Associate General Counsel gets paid the most. Associate General Counsel made a median salary of $138,691. The best-paid 10 percent make $173,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $110,000.

    Does in-house counsel pay well?

    Yes, in-house counsel pays well. Working as an in-house counsel can earn you an average salary of $117,383 a year, with the top 10% of earners averaging close to $180,000 a year. While in-house counsel pays well, it does not typically pay as well as working as a counsel for a large law firm.

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