Assistant General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Assistant General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($131K) per year. Final cash compensation to Assistant General Counsels varies from around $62K to approximately $238K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $52K and $39K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Assistant General Counsels making up 57 percent of survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,888 - $198,457
MEDIAN: $131,309

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$60,888 - $198,457  
$492.25 - $52,102  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $38,853  
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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).
$62,349 - $237,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 864
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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.

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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant General Counsels move into roles as VPs and General Counsels, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $171K per year. 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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Assistant General Counsels report using a diverse set 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 49 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. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know Legal Compliance and Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Assistant General Counsels with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $76K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $133K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Assistant General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $185K. Assistant General Counsels who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $198K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Assistant General Counsels, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Assistant General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+31 percent), New York (+31 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and Houston (+25 percent). Assistant General Counsels in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 43 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (41 percent less) and Portland (31 percent less).

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 49%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 43%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Litigation Case Management

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Real Estate
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Legal Document Review
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.


43 %
57 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%