Compensation Survey: More Numbers For Your Noggin

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By staff level:

Base salary (median)/Total compensation (median)*:

Attorneys:

Chief Legal Officer**: $450,000/$1,502,057

General Counsel: $365,749/$1,001,393

Deputy General Counsel: $257,371/$573,062

Subsidiary General Counsel: $213,676/$382,997

Section Head: $201,495/$339,594

Expert Counsel: $175,600/$268,728

Senior Counsel: $161,246/$233,200

Staff Attorney: $130,000/$159,041

Associate Staff Attorney: $105,111/$107,852

All Attorneys: $165,494/$246,683

Non-Attorney Professionals:

Director, Legal Management and Operations: $129,726/$187,141

Manager of Legal Administration: $88,786/$100,226

Financial Manager: $97,525/$103,775

Information Systems Manager: $102,330/$122,761

Records Manager: $59,787/$65,290

Other Manager: $92,802/$125,762

Intellectual Property Professional: $102,230/$129,249

Contracts Management Professional - Supervisory: $123,065/174,980

Contracts Management Professional - Non-supervisory: $93,565/$100,970

Compliance Professional - Supervisory: $102,614/$114,719

Compliance Professional - Non-supervisory: $69,050/$67,989

Investigator: $77,900/$76,814

Other Non-legal Professional/Additional Staff: $71,415/$81,404

Legal Assistants:

Senior Legal Assistant: $69,772/$75,016

Certified Legal Assistant: $59,363/$64,762

Legal Assistant: $54,604/$57,100

Support Staff:

Legal Secretary (at least 5 years experience): $52,894/$56,105

Legal Secretary (at least 2 years experience): $46,401/$47,998

Legal Secretary (entry level): $41,144/$42,046

Librarian: $81,000/$97,097

Clerical Staff: $42,614/$45,136

Information Systems Support Staff: $63,589/$66,293

Information Center or Library Staff: $51,860/$52,251

Other Support Staff: $51,356/$58,204

*Total compensation includes base salary, cash bonus and the face value of the long-term incentives.

**As Hildebrandt defines it, a chief legal officer is the senior-most legal officer of the corporation who has ultimate responsibility for practicing law and setting legal policy, and also has responsibility for other substantial corporate units (e.g., compliance, governmental affairs, environmental, etc.). For purposes of this survey, responsibility for corporate secretary alone (in addition to the law department) does not constitute substantial other corporate unit responsibility.

For other definitions consult Hildebrandt International.

By practice area:

Base salary (median)/Total compensation (median):

Antitrust/Trade regulation: $181,371/$288,264

Bankruptcy: $173,012/$236,022

Companywide compliance: $166,664/$247,761

Contracts - commercial: $160,754/$236,017

Contracts - government: $161,097/$228,052

Capital markets: $166,000/$254,253

Employee benefits/ERISA/Executive comp: $167,175/$248,805

Employment & Labor: $165,000/$231,352

Environmental (Regulatory only): $169,347/$261,139

General corporate/commercial: $160,008/$255,113

Generalist/Non-specialist: $162,000/$216,362

Government relations: $151,205/$193,695

Industry-specific specialist: $152,138/$233,268

International: $172,590/$252,378

IP - general: $174,350/$264,074

IP - licensing: $174,000/$259,249

IP - patent: $174,367/$267,255

IP - trademark: $168,529/$244,415

Litigation - commercial: $168,500/$259,473

Litigation - environmental: $172,556/$246,401

Litigation - patent: $190,193/$327,461

Litigation - product liability: $158,820/$263,102

Litigation - securities: $159,500/$246,873

Litigation - other: $138,650/$186,196

Merger & acquisitions: $181,795/$295,734

Property & casualty: $104,615/$119,472

Real estate: $156,500/$210,784

Regulatory (excluding environmental): $165,344/$246,457

Securities/finance: $166,400/$260,188

Tax: $170,422/$223,943

Other: $162,540/$251,461

By class year:

Total cash compensation (median)***:

1967 and prior: $185,003

1970: $254,430

1975: $268,700

1980: $236,045

1985: $236,617

1990: $228,748

1995: $206, 100

2000: $159,200

2005: $105,044

2007: $92,316

***Total cash compensation includes base salary and cash bonus.

By staff level:

Percent Change in Base Salary (median)/Total cash compensation (median):

Attorneys:

Chief Legal Officer: 4.6%/5.0%

General Counsel: 5.0%/8.5%

Deputy General Counsel: 4.3%/6.2%

Subsidiary General Counsel: 3.9%/2.2%

Section Head: 4.0%/5.5%

Expert Counsel: 3.7%/5.3%

Senior Counsel: 4.0%/5.7%

Staff Attorney: 3.9%/6.8%

Associate Staff Attorney: 5.1%/5.4%

All Attorneys: 4.0%/5.8%

Non-Attorney Professionals:

Director, Legal Management and Operations: 4.0%/4.7%

Manager of Legal Administration: 4.0%/4.7%

Financial Manager: 4.0%/5.0%

Information Systems Manager: 4.0%/6.0%

Records Manager: 3.6%/4.8%

Other Manager: 4.0%/4.6%

Intellectual Property Professional: 4.1%/5.8%

Contracts Management Professional - Supervisory: 3.3% 3.0%

Contracts Management Professional - Non-supervisory: 3.5%/3.2%

Compliance Professional - Supervisory: 3.7%/3.7%

Compliance Professional - Non-supervisory: 3.7%/3.7%

Investigator: 3.9%/3.7%

Other Non-legal Professional/Additional Staff: 4.0%/4.2%

Legal Assistants:

Senior Legal Assistant: 3.8%/4.0%

Certified Legal Assistant: 3.8%/4.6%

Legal Assistant: 4.0%/3.8%

Support Staff:

Legal Secretary (at least 5 years experience): 3.5%/3.9%

Legal Secretary (at least 2 years experience): 3.7%/3.7%

Legal Secretary (entry level): 4.0%/5.4%

Librarian: 3.8%/3.0%

Clerical Staff: 3.7%/3.7%

Information Systems Support Staff: 3.7%/3.7%

Information Center or Library Staff: 4.1%/3.6%

Other Support Staff: 3.7%/3.7%

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