Assistant General Counsel Salary

Assistant General Counsels enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($134K) annually in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $52K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $38K, overall incomes of Assistant General Counsels spread between $67K and $238K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Assistant General Counsels is high. Male Assistant General Counsels are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,624 - $198,668
MEDIAN: $134,426

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$64,624 - $198,668  
$503 - $51,670  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $38,323  
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$67,090 - $238,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 894
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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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For Assistant General Counsels, advancing into a Deputy General Counsel role, for which the median salary is $168K, is not common but it does happen. An Associate General Counsel role is the most prevalent career advancement for Assistant General Counsels. Paychecks for that role are $136K on average. The General Counsel position is another common transition for Assistant General Counsels; in this role, salaries are typically at the $150K mark.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels report using a deep pool of skills 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 44 percent, 33 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Risk Management / Risk Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Document Review and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Contract Negotiation indicates knowledge of 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $78K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $134K. Assistant General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $186K. Assistant General Counsels with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $198K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $146,890

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Surpassing the national average by 54 percent, Assistant General Counsels in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+44 percent), Atlanta (+28 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). Assistant General Counsels in Milwaukee report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 57 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Washington (18 percent lower and 10 percent lower, 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 44%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 33%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Litigation Case Management

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Real Estate
up arrow 9%

Contract Management
up arrow 24%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 33%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.


44 %
56 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%