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Getting fat rarely warrants celebration—except when it comes to paychecks. According to the latest results of HBR Consulting’s 2011 Law Department Survey, in-house lawyers have a whole lot to celebrate. Part two of the survey, released Tuesday, showed bigger year-over-year gains than the previous survey on all measures of compensation. Base salary was reported as up for in-house lawyers, as were cash bonus, total cash compensation, and total compensation (which includes the value of long-term incentives). “Although the percent increases are not dramatic, we are seeing substantial improvement in in-house compensation levels this year,” said HBR senior director Lauren Chung in a press release. The report is based on responses from more than 6,000 attorneys across nine levels and more than 5,000 support staff. The median company represented in the survey generated more than $8.5 billion in annual revenues. HBR released part one of its survey last month, reporting that companies have been managing costs by keeping more work in-house. (See “Lowering Spending by Increasing In-House Workloads.”)

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