Average pay for an Assistant General Counsel in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $136K per year. Total cash compensation to Assistant General Counsels approaches anywhere from $68K on the lower end to $242K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $56K from bonuses and upwards of $33K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Men working as Assistant General Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Assistant General Counsels is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$67,170 - $202,805
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MEDIAN: $135,807
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$67,170 - $202,805  
   
Bonus
$2,909 - $55,896  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $32,729  
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$67,986 - $242,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 494

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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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Assistant General Counsels who advance into the role of a Deputy General Counsel are fairly uncommon. Deputy General Counsels on average earn $175K per year. Given that the median pay is $136K, it may be surprising to find that an Associate General Counsel is the most common role for Assistant General Counsels to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a General Counsel role — which pays $152K — is also typical for Assistant General Counsels, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel


Survey takers working as Assistant General Counsels report using a large range of professional skills. 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, 25 percent, and 10 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

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. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $78K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $140K. On average, Assistant General Counsels make $187K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $197K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $143,908

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For Assistant General Counsels, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 67 percent above the national average. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+37 percent), New York (+31 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Milwaukee Assistant General Counsels earning much less — 56 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Austin and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (32 percent less and 31 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Assistant General Counsel

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries



National Average
$144,000



Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 44%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 25%



Real Estate
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
0%

National Average
$144,000

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%


Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 26%

Contract Management
up arrow 45%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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