Assistant General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Assistant General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($141K) per year. Total cash compensation to Assistant General Counsels bottoms out near $70K and approaches $244K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $57K from bonuses and almost $39K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Assistant General Counsels, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Assistant General Counsels making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$69,800 - $203,719
$70K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $141,393
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$69,800 - $203,719  
   
Bonus
$2,985 - $56,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $39,453  
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).
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$70,497 - $243,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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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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Although it's unusual, some Assistant General Counsels transition into jobs as Deputy General Counsels. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $175K per year, though. An Associate General Counsel role is the most common promotion for Assistant General Counsels moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $136K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Assistant General Counsels is a General Counsel position, where earnings are usually $153K.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel


Survey results imply that Assistant General Counsels deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 42 percent, 18 percent, and 9 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. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know 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.


Assistant General Counsels who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $80K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $145K. On average, Assistant General Counsels make $185K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $192K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $149,063

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For Assistant General Counsels, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+30 percent), Boston (+26 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Compared to the national average, Denver Assistant General Counsels have considerably lower salaries, 46 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (34 percent lower) and Portland (33 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Assistant General Counsel

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

▲29%

▲24%

National Average
$149,000

▼3%

▼46%

Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲42%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲18%



National Average
$149,000


Real Estate
▼1%



Risk Management / Risk Control
▼35%

Contract Management
▼45%

Legal Document Review
▼48%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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