Assistant General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Assistant General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($129K) per year. In the world of Assistant General Counsels, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $51K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $38K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $62K and $233K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Men make up a slight majority of Assistant General Counsels (59 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Assistant General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,460 - $196,484

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National Salary Data (?
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$60,460 - $196,484  
$497.77 - $50,718  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $37,652  
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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).
$61,736 - $232,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 834
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Assistant General Counsels who move on to become Deputy General Counsels, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $164K. Assistant General Counsels go on to become Associate General Counsels more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $136K. Assistant General Counsels who move into a General Counsel role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $149K.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 61 percent, 44 percent, and 9 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 experienced in 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Assistant General Counsels. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $74K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $131K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $184K in this role. 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 $196K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Assistant General Counsels in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+36 percent), Houston (+28 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+25 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin Assistant General Counsels earning much less — 39 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (30 percent lower) and Washington (25 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 61%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 44%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
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Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Real Estate
up arrow 14%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%