Assistant General Counsel Salary

Assistant General Counsels receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $138K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Assistant General Counsels — which occasionally include more than $52K from bonuses and more than $35K from profit sharing — stretch from around $74K to approximately $240K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Assistant General Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Assistant General Counsels (52 percent) survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,251 - $201,613
$72K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $138,230
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50%
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$0$240K
Salary $72,251 - $201,613
Bonus $3,535 - $52,029
Profit Sharing $1,019 - $35,479
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$73,857 - $240,356
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 480

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Job Description for Assistant General Counsel

An assistant general counsel ensures a company's compliance with relevant laws and regulations. They work closely with the business team to develop policies, practices, and guidelines concerning state, federal, and international compliance with laws and regulations. Their main focus is on laws and regulations that concern the company; for example, many insurance companies use general counsel, who are concerned mainly with insurance laws.

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Assistant General Counsel Tasks

  • Provide assistance to office of General Counsel.
  • Represent client's interests in transactions, affiliations, mergers, joint ventures, contracts and other business opportunities.
  • Provide legal advice on legal and regulatory issues and federal and state laws and regulations.

Common Career Paths for Assistant General Counsel


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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant General Counsels move into roles as Deputy General Counsels, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $175K per year. Becoming an Associate General Counsel is, more often than not, the most common role that Assistant General Counsels move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Associate General Counsel is $136K. Another frequent advance is for Assistant General Counsels to assume a General Counsel role; in this role, workers often take home $153K.

Assistant General Counsel Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant General Counsel


Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel


Survey results imply that Assistant General Counsels deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property (IP), and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 20 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Document Review as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Contract Management and Risk Management / Risk Control also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in Regulatory Compliance and Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant General Counsel

Pay by Experience for an Assistant General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 123 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant General Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $145,000 based on 163 salaries. An experienced Assistant General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $185,000 based on 200 salaries. An Assistant General Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $192,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $146,232

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 61 percent, Assistant General Counsels in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+33 percent), Boston (+28 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 45 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (33 percent lower) and Portland (32 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Assistant General Counsel

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

▲32%

▲26%

National Average
$146,000

▼1%

▼45%

Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲44%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲20%




Real Estate
▲1%

National Average
$146,000



Risk Management / Risk Control
▼34%

Contract Management
▼44%

Legal Document Review
▼47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 6%
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