Associate General Counsel Salary

Associate General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $134K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $58K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $39K, overall incomes of Associate General Counsels spread between $74K and $246K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men working as Associate General Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$72,284 - $204,932
MEDIAN: $133,856

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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.
$72,284 - $204,932  
$1,035 - $58,025  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $39,254  
Total Pay (?
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).
$74,171 - $246,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,145
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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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There are some Associate General Counsels — though it's uncommon — that transition into Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels, where earnings are an average $192K annually. Career advancement for the typical Associate General Counsel often leads to becoming a General Counsel or a Deputy General Counsel; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate, Complex Litigation Case Management, and Corporate Governance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 24 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Contract Management and Legal Compliance also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in Legal Research and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate General Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $90K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $132K. Associate General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $186K. 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 $204K.

Pay Difference by Location

Associate General Counsels will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+38 percent), Houston (+29 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), and Minneapolis (+21 percent). Associate General Counsels in Orlando make 49 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 30 percent less in Los Angeles and 14 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

up arrow 27%

Corporate Governance
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Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 19%

Contract Negotiation
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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Contract Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.


46 %
54 %

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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%