Assistant General Counsel Salary (United States)

Assistant General Counsels in the United States see excellent average salaries—about $141,002 annually. The top of the range reaches $231,884 per year, and the bottom approaches $62,898. Overall cash allowance—including $50K bonuses and $30K profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $61,208 and $192,864. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assistant General Counsel Salary (?
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$61,208 - $192,864
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MEDIAN: $128,737
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Assistant General Counsel Salary (?
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$35.48 - $147.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$61,208 - $192,864  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $50,475  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $30,000  
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$62,898 - $231,884  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 822
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$0$100K$200K$300K
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$1,007 - $50,475  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $30,000  
Total Pay (?
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$62,898 - $231,884  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 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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Though some Assistant General Counsels move into positions like Vice President (VP) & General Counsel (where salaries climb a solid $31K), this progression is not the norm. An Associate General Counsel role is the most common promotion for Assistant General Counsels moving up the ladder. Unfortunately, pay drops by $4,611 upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Assistant General Counsels is a General Counsel position, where earnings go up by $6,424.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property (IP) and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Legal Research and Litigation Case Management, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in 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.
For many but not all Assistant General Counsels, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. After five to 10 years, starting pay of $80K grows to $136K, exceeding six figures. Earnings total $177K after one to two decades. As Assistant General Counsels reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $188K. Assistant General Counsels with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$141,000
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Assistant General Counsels will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Assistant General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Assistant General Counsels in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 41 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Washington and Tampa (-28 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

National Average
$141,000

Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

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$141,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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