Assistant General Counsel Salary

Average pay for an Assistant General Counsel in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $130K per year. Cash earnings for Assistant General Counsels — including $50K in bonuses and $33K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $62K to $232K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Assistant General Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,724 - $195,324
MEDIAN: $129,501

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$60,724 - $195,324  
$512 - $50,465  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $33,381  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$62,058 - $231,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 841
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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.


Assistant General Counsel Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Assistant General Counsel

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Although some Assistant General Counsels become Deputy General Counsel, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $165K. The most common promotion for Assistant General Counsels is an Associate General Counsel position, which usually brings in $136K a year. Another standard transition for Assistant General Counsels seeking advancement is to assume a General Counsel role, where pay is often $149K.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Survey results imply that Assistant General Counsels put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property (IP), and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent, 43 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Document Review as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Research and Real Estate also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in Legal Compliance and Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant General Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Assistant General Counsels who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $75K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $132K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $182K in this role. Assistant General Counsels who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $195K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

For Assistant General Counsels, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Charlotte (+25 percent), and Chicago (+24 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Assistant General Counsels in Austin earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Workers in Portland and Washington earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (30 percent less and 26 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 70%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 43%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Real Estate
up arrow 14%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.


42 %
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%