Inhouse Counsel Salaries – 2018 Guide

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 a salary 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 positions in demand, as well as methods for adjusting the figures 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. If you are looking for an inhouse counsel job, visit GoInhouse.com and keep the guide in hand during your search. Don’t forget to sign up to our free weekly newsletter to get in-house salary updates! If you haven’t already done so, you should also read How to Get an In-House Counsel Job and Parker + Lynch’s Legal Salary Calculator.

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