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Assistant General Counsel Salary

Assistant General Counsels receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $130K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. With some bonuses approaching $50K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $35K, overall incomes of Assistant General Counsels spread between $62K and $231K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most Assistant General Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,775 - $195,179
MEDIAN: $129,825

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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.
$60,775 - $195,179  
$990 - $50,300  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $35,384  
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).
$62,250 - $230,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 833

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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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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 49 percent and 10 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. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $78K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $135K. Assistant General Counsels see a median salary of $180K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $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 (+35 percent), Houston (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Chicago (+22 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant General Counsels is geography, with workers in Austin earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (30 percent lower) and Washington (28 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Contract Negotiation
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Regulatory Compliance

National Average

Real Estate
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Legal Document Review
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 156 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%