Assistant General Counsel Salary (United States)

Assistant General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $141,002) surpassing six figures annually. Pay starts at $62,898 and can approach $231,884 per year on the higher side. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Assistant General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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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$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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$35.48 - $147.95  
   
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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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While not commonly seen, Assistant General Counsels who transition into a Vice President (VP) & General Counsel position may earn an additional $31K per year. Given the $4,611 drop in salary, it may be surprising to find that an Associate General Counsel is the most common role for Assistant General Counsels to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a General Counsel role—which pays $6,424 more—is also typical for Assistant General Counsels, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsels report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to 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.
For Assistant General Counsels, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Starting salaries hover around $80K but quickly overtake six figures to $136K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $177K. After two decades on the job, Assistant General Counsels see salary growth dwindle, averaging $188K. Assistant General Counsels with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Assistant General Counsels, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, top-paying cities where Assistant General Counsels see paychecks higher than average (+28 percent, +25 percent, +21 percent, and +21 percent). Assistant General Counsels' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Assistant General Counsels in Austin bring in salaries that are 41 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Washington (-28 percent) and Tampa (-12 percent).

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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 200 votes.

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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