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Assistant General Counsel Salary

Assistant General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $130K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Assistant General Counsels incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $51K from bonuses and close to $33K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $232K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. For the most part, Assistant General Counsels enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,870 - $195,284
MEDIAN: $130,154

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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.
$60,870 - $195,284  
$988 - $50,624  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $33,489  
Total Pay (?
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).
$62,358 - $232,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 837

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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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Assistant General Counsels sometimes assume positions such as VPs and General Counsels. That role pays $173K per year on average. As Assistant General Counsels progress in their field, many go on to become Associate General Counsels. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $136K. Another common career choice for Assistant General Counsels is to move into a General Counsel role — this promotion usually pays $149K.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 81 percent, 49 percent, and 9 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. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are 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. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $76K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $133K. Assistant General Counsels bring in $182K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $196K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Assistant General Counsels in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+35 percent), Houston (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Chicago (+22 percent). Assistant General Counsels in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 40 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and Washington (31 percent lower and 27 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 81%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 49%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

Real Estate
up arrow 15%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.


41 %
59 %

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%