Assistant General Counsel Salary

Assistant General Counsels receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $129K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Assistant General Counsels, overall income ranges from $62K near the bottom to $233K at the top; this can include more than $51K from bonuses and more than $33K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Assistant General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Assistant General Counsels (58 percent) who responded to the survey. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,517 - $195,792
MEDIAN: $128,762

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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.
$60,517 - $195,792  
$507 - $50,759  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $33,489  
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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).
$61,827 - $232,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 839
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Assistant General Counsels do move on to become Deputy General Counsels. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $165K per year. Going from Assistant General Counsel to Associate General Counsel is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Associate General Counsels is $136K. Many others choose to work as General Counsels, where pay is typically $149K.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 62 percent, 44 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. Most people skilled in Contract Negotiation are similarly competent 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Assistant General Counsels. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $74K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $131K. For Assistant General Counsels, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $181K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $196K.

Pay Difference by Location

Assistant General Counsels will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Assistant General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+37 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Houston (+23 percent). Assistant General Counsels in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 39 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (30 percent lower) and Washington (26 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 62%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 44%

Regulatory Compliance

National Average

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Real Estate
up arrow 21%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%