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Associate General Counsel Salary (United States)

Wages for Associate General Counsels in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($142K) per year. Total cash compensation to Associate General Counsels approaches anywhere from $74K on the lower end to $244K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $58K from bonuses and upwards of $40K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Almost all workers enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Associate General Counsels making up 55 percent of workers. Job satisfaction for Associate General Counsels is high. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,176 - $200,268
MEDIAN: $131,342
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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$71,176 - $200,268  
$2,394 - $57,650  
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$987 - $39,911  
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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).
$73,926 - $244,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,101
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Job Description for Associate General Counsel

An associate general counsel is an attorney who works alongside a company’s general counsel. Together, they help direct and protect all departments in the company regarding legal issues and rights. They ensure all company policies conform to relevant legal standards and are frequently called upon to review contracts before they are executed.
Associate General Counsel Tasks
  • Oversee and direct company litigation.
  • Draft, review and negotiate agreements, contracts and policies.
  • Provide legal advice and support to the General Counsel.
  • Provide general corporate legal services and counsel, under the direction of the General Counsel.
  • Coordinate with outside attorneys.

Common Career Paths for Associate General Counsel

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While Associate General Counsels do not often become Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels, the job usually pays $190K per year. Associate General Counsels moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Survey results imply that Associate General Counsels put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property , Complex Litigation Case Management, and Corporate are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 22 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Research and Legal Compliance. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to know Legal Research and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate General Counsel

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Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $89K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $132K. For Associate General Counsels, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $183K. 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 $198K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Associate General Counsels typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

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For Associate General Counsels, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Minneapolis, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles also offer top salaries for Associate General Counsels. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 21 percent, 17 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent more, respectively. Associate General Counsels' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Associate General Counsels in Orlando bring in salaries that are 50 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Miami and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%