What's by far the most important metric to in-house lawyers? The amount on their paycheck. How much you make and how that pittance compares to your peers consumes most of the thoughts on metrics and quantification of the average corporate attorney. Everyone wants to know how their salary and bonus stacks up to others. At the management side, the top lawyers need to know comparative compensation data so that they can decide fair offers and focused raises and fitting bonuses.
Comparative compensation data for law department lawyers and other members comes from surveys that you can purchase at costs of $600 to $2,000 or more, which puts them out of the reach of individual lawyers. HR departments can invest in those offerings but not Chris Lawyer. To the Internet they must go to forage around for online salary data. Fortunately, at least three sites give such data. Here are some top-level summaries of them.