Report Projects In-House Salary Increase in 2015

By Michael Greene

Oct. 10—Salary ranges for in-house counsel are expected to increase next year, with salaries for the most experienced attorneys at mid-sized companies projected to increase the most in 2015.

That's according to the Robert Half Legal 2015 Salary Guide released Oct. 2.

The report shows that in-house attorneys with 10 years or more of experience are expected to earn salaries within the range of $126,250–$251,500 in 2015.

The range for in-house attorneys with four to nine years of experience is $109,750–$212,250, and the range for attorneys with zero to three years of experience is $81,500–$156,500.

The report projects starting salaries only; bonuses, incentives and other forms of compensation are not taken into account.

The report projects that salaries for in-house positions will increase in 2015 for attorneys at all sizes of companies and of all experience levels.

The highest expected increase (3.7 percent) was for the most experienced attorneys at mid-sized companies, while the lowest expected increase (2.4 percent) was for the least experienced lawyers at the smallest companies.

The report also included a survey that asked what lawyers identify as the best indicators of a job candidate's potential for success in their organizations, and almost half (49 percent) answered “previous work experience or prestige of former law firm/company.”

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