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In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:36 pm

I have an job up for an entry level associate general counsel position at a trade organization. Here's the problem guys, I have no idea what to ask for salary wise and there isn't any indication of what it might be.

I've only been a prosecutor so my income at the time was waaaaay under anything related to what this job is.

Any idea what market rate for these things are? I'm in Texas.

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby TooOld4This » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:10 pm

Salaries can be all over the place. Some trade associations pay low non-profit rates, some pay closer to market for business. An entry level in-house position could be around $50k or it could be around $100k. I'm afraid you'll need to do a little more legwork to get a sense of salary.

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby bdubs » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:21 pm

How big is the legal department at the association?

Where did most of the attorneys who are there come from?

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:33 pm

TooOld4This wrote:Salaries can be all over the place. Some trade associations pay low non-profit rates, some pay closer to market for business. An entry level in-house position could be around $50k or it could be around $100k. I'm afraid you'll need to do a little more legwork to get a sense of salary.

Can't seem to find much on trade association lawyers.

bdubs wrote:How big is the legal department at the association?

Where did most of the attorneys who are there come from?

There are 6 total lawyers. I know three went to top 30 schools.

My main concern is either having them laugh in my face if I ask for too much or pay me way under what is average.

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby bdubs » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:37 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
bdubs wrote:How big is the legal department at the association?

Where did most of the attorneys who are there come from?

There are 6 total lawyers. I know three went to top 30 schools.

My main concern is either having them laugh in my face if I ask for too much or pay me way under what is average.


Did all of them come directly from school? If so, I would guess that the pay is on the lower end of the scale.

Having only 6 points of reference is probably not going to be super helpful. Perhaps you should reach out to someone in a similar organization who is an alumnus of your school to ask about compensation negotiation.

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby TooOld4This » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:58 pm

Anonymous User wrote:[
Can't seem to find much on trade association lawyers.

My main concern is either having them laugh in my face if I ask for too much or pay me way under what is average.



Have you tried Go In House, ACC, Lateral Link, Major Lindsey & Africa, BCG, and glassdoor.com?

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:06 pm

I used to work at a trade association that paid its GC $100k. That was in DC. They eliminated her position before I started, and I found out what she made when my boss was whining about the expense, but that's neither here nor there.

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Re: In-house/Trade association attorney

Postby BeenDidThat » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:05 am

Tough to tell. Depends on the affluence of the trade (if it's energy-related, and you did say you are in Texas, your salary will likely be higher), the sophistication of the work, etc. Likely somewhere between 60-90 starting. How many years experience (approximation is fine) do you have?

EDIT: bdubs (above) also has a decent point...alums could be helpful. Your alma mater's CSO might be helpful, too.




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