Inhouse Counsel Salaries – 2018 Guide

Inhouse Counsel Salaries

Robert Half Legal has released its latest report which contains data on projected inhouse counsel salaries for 2018. The report uses percentage tiers this year as a way to present in-house counsel salary data.  For example, a number in the 25th percentile might be for a candidate who has “less experience than usual”, “[whose] skills require development and “[whose] role may be in an industry with low competition for talent or in a smaller, less complex organization or department”.  In contrast, a number in the 95th percentile might be for a candidate who has “significant, highly relevant experience”, “high level of expertise, including specialized certifications”, and “[whose] role may be highly complex and more strategic in nature than usual; may be in a highly competitive industry for talent”.

Using these percentage tiers, Robert Half Legal’s guide shows an inhouse counsel salaries range of $128,750 to $306,000 for a General Counsel from the 25th percentile to the 95th percentile, $114,500 to $255,750 for an in-house counsel with 10+ years experience from the 25th percentile to the 95th percentile, $75,000 to $190,750 for an in-house counsel for an in-house counsel with 4-9 years experience from the 25th percentile to the 95th percentile, and $63,500 to $168,000 for an in-house counsel with 0-3 years experience from the 25th percentile to the 95th percentile.

The Robert Half Salary Guide gives guidance on inhouse counsel salaries for positions in demand, as well as methods for adjusting the inhouse counsel salaries based on where the in-house attorney will be working.  The Robert Half Legal Guide is a great resource and worth a close review by all inhouse counsel – it’s available as a free download. Check out recent featured in-house counsel jobs from our GoInhouse.com job board and, if you are more senior, you may want to look at recent General Counsel jobs. Keep the inhouse counsel salaries guide in hand during your search.

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