Legal Counsel Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$123,000
$77,000
Min 10%
$123,000
Median 50%
$196,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bloomberg
Highest Paying City
Walnut Creek, CA
Highest Paying State
Idaho
Average Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a legal counsel make?
The national average salary for a Legal Counsel in the U.S. is $123,384 annually or $59.32 hourly. The top 10 percent of earners make over $196,000 annually, whereas the bottom 10 percent of earners make under $77,000 per year. Technology companies and Health Care companies have the most job opportunities for Legal Counsels. The best states for high paying Legal Counsel jobs are Idaho, Washington, Utah, Alaska, and California. The typical tenure for a Legal Counsel is 3.5 years.
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Average Legal Counsel Salary By Location

As a Legal Counsel in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $123,384 per year or $59.32 per hour. Walnut Creek, CA reports the highest Legal Counsel salaries at $145,605 per year. The Walnut Creek, CA average entry-level salary for Legal Counsels is $68,000. Some of the states with the best Legal Counsel salaries are Idaho, Washington, Utah, Alaska, California, Wyoming, and Oregon. On the other hand, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and South Carolina report the lowest wages for Legal Counsels.
City
Average Salary

Map of Legal Counsel Salaries

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

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Average Legal Counsel Salary By Company

There is good job security in Legal Counsel positions. Some industries offer better pay and benefit packages than others. Most Legal Counsel jobs are in Technology companies and Technology companies. Bloomberg and Adobe are the highest paying companies. Also, companies like SAS Institute and Ericsson USA pay their Legal Counsels very well.
Company
Average Salary
$198,656
$199k
$186,939
$187k
$183,661
$184k
$181,145
$181k
$178,371
$178k
$177,878
$178k
$176,441
$176k

Average Legal Counsel Pay By Industry

The type of industry that a Legal Counsel works in can influence their earning potential. Our analysis shows that Professional companies, Manufacturing companies, and Technology companies pay higher-than-average wages for Legal Counsels. Professional companies pay their Legal Counsels the highest wages, averaging $140,525 per year. Manufacturing companies and Technology companies pay well too, at $130,250 and $127,245, respectively. The average salary for Legal Counsels in the Retail industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $87,637.
Industry
Average Salary
Professional
Professional
$140,525
$141k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$130,250
$130k
Technology
Technology
$127,245
$127k
Construction
Construction
$115,981
$116k
Retail
Retail
$87,637
$88k

Legal Counsel Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Legal Counsel Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Legal Counsel can range from $75,007 to $101,393 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

Recently Added Legal Counsel Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Director, Healthcare Compliance Legal Counsel
04/16/2020
$165,000
Associate Legal Counsel
02/29/2020
$100,000
Chief Legal Counsel
02/28/2020
$95,000
Legal Counsel @
02/27/2020
$52,175
City of Seattle
Legal Counsel To Seattle City Council
02/26/2020
$129,164
Assistant Legal Counsel
02/21/2020
$84,564
Contracts Legal Counsel
02/20/2020
$110,903
Legal Counsel Representative
02/19/2020
$58,436
Legal Counsel
02/18/2020
$150,000
University of California Office of The President
Legal Counsel
01/29/2020
$85,000
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