Do you want to know how much you should be earning? Here’s where to look
Getting accurate salary information for in-house lawyers often seems like a fruitless endeavor. Companies guard salaries as though they’re national secrets. Okay, national secrets before the federal government became a ship of leaks. We don’t usually know about salaries about anyone below the general counsel level because public companies need only tell the Securities and Exchange Commission about the company’s top five earners. “Senior counsel” never makes it into this select group.
Why would you want to know? Maybe you’re looking for a new job. Maybe you’d like to see if you’re being treated fairly. And, well, you could just be curious; no harm in that.
The Inhouse Blog has put together the available resources for your search and it’s a good place to start. They’ve compiled conclusions and link to the available survey, and it’s just a click or two away. Some takeaways:
- Barker & Gilmore found that 41 percent of those surveyed would look for a new job because of compensation issues.
- Just out of law school? The Robert Half survey said the range is $65,000 to $171,750 for an in-house counsel with 0-3 years experience.
- The same survey found a range of $77,250 to $193,000 for an in-house counsel for an in-house counsel with 4-9 years experience.