Assistant General Counsel Salary

On average, Assistant General Counsels in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($134K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $52K and $38K, respectively — total cash payment to Assistant General Counsels can bottom out near $67K or peak near $238K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. 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 56 percent of survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$64,624 - $198,668
MEDIAN: $134,426

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$64,624 - $198,668  
$503 - $51,670  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $38,323  
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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).
$67,090 - $238,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 894
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant General Counsels move into roles as Deputy General Counsels, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $168K per year. The most common promotion for Assistant General Counsels is an Associate General Counsel position, which usually brings in $136K a year. Another standard transition for Assistant General Counsels seeking advancement is to assume a General Counsel role, where pay is often $150K.

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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 Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 33 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Risk Management / Risk Control as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Document Review and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $78K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $134K. Assistant General Counsels bring in $186K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $198K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $146,890

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Home to some of the best pay for Assistant General Counsels, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Assistant General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+44 percent), Atlanta (+28 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant General Counsels is geography, with workers in Milwaukee earning a whopping 57 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant General Counsel Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 44%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 33%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Litigation Case Management

National Average

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Real Estate
up arrow 9%

Contract Management
up arrow 24%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 33%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.


44 %
56 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%