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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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ACC and Empsight have joined efforts to offer unrivaled in-house compensation benchmarking data. Empsight International, LLC is a leading provider of specialized compensation data for Fortune 500 companies and other large multi-national enterprises. Through this partnership, ACC and Empsight currently offer the most comprehensive and in-depth compensation survey on the market for in-house legal departments. We have developed an expanded range of benchmarking products so that all ACC members can benefit, from solo practitioners to those in the largest global corporations. Visit empsight.com/acc to learn more about our partnership.

The 2020 Law Department Compensation Survey gathered key compensation data representing more than 17,000 in-house legal professionals, including over 10,000 lawyers, in 1,000 organizations.

We present an expansive suite of 15 compensation benchmarking reports, including three editions with breakdowns of the data by company size, and 12 job title-specific reports covering the entire scope of legal department positions, from chief legal officers to paralegals. This is a must-have resource for law department leaders and human resources professionals alike that will serve all ACC members from individual legal staff in small legal departments to those in the largest global corporations.

Additionally, we offer a Policies and Practices report, which provides key insights on the legal department's compensation policies in the extraordinary times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The complimentary 2020 Law Department Compensation: Policies & Practices Report sheds light on legal department staffing and spending practices, budget trends and forecasts, and other compensation and human resources policies.

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Benchmarking Reports                            Review All Reports

The suite of 15 compensation benchmarking reports provides legal department leaders and human resources professionals with unrivaled data on salary and other compensation covering all in-house positions and company sizes.

Company-size Reports*
  • Large Company EditionCompanies with revenues of US $3 billion and above. Compensation data on 56 positions.
  • Mid-Size Company EditionCompanies with revenues ranging from US $1 billion to US $5 billion.
  • Small Company EditionCompanies with up to US $2 billion in revenue (52 percent of participants have a revenue below US $1 billion).

* These reports are based on annual company revenue. The data segmentation process required some degree of overlap between the three editions. If you need assistance to decide which report is best suited for your legal department, please contact research@acc.com.

Single Job Title Reports

Report Details

DATA ELEMENTS
  • Annual Base Salary
  • Short Term Incentive Eligible Percentage
  • Target Incentive Percentage
  • Incentive Amount (US Dollars)
  • Total Cash All
  • Total Cash Incentive Paid
  • Long Term Incentive Eligible Percentage
  • Long Term Incentive Valuation
  • Total Direct Compensation
  • FLSA Percentage Exempt
SCOPE
  • Industry
  • Law Department Size (Number of Lawyers)
  • Company Revenue
  • Legal Specialty
  • Litigation
  • Geography
  • Law School Class
  • Law School Rank
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