Associate General Counsel Salary
Compensation for Associate General Counsels in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($136K). In the world of Associate General Counsels, overall income ranges from $72K near the bottom to $237K at the top; this can include more than $52K from bonuses and more than $29K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Associate General Counsels, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
While an associate general counsel is junior to the general counsel, he or she still possesses a high-level management position in a company. Typically, the general counsel entrusts the associate with research and discovery tasks. The associate reads over typical contracts and renewals for approval, as well as proper legal language and provisions. The associate general counsel also reviews claims for validity and works with the general counsel to represent the company’s interests as is required by employment commissions or courts. Much of the associate general counsel’s work may involve discovery and interviews related to claims, and, in this capacity, the position may require some travel.
To work as an associate general counsel, a person must possess a law degree from an accredited program. The counsel must also have passed the bar in the state or states in which they work. An associate general counsel normally works during regular business hours during the week, but the job requirements of upper-level management frequently mean that overtime is required. Additionally, an organization typically prefers an associate general counsel who has some education in business and experience in company representation.
Associate General Counsel Tasks
- Provide general corporate legal services and counsel, under the direction of the General Counsel.
- Coordinate with outside attorneys.
- Provide legal advice and support to the General Counsel.
- Oversee and direct company litigation.
- Draft, review and negotiate agreements, contracts and policies.
Common Career Paths for Associate General Counsel
Though not the most common occurrence, Associate General Counsels sometimes become Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels, where the average income is $193K per year. Typical career progression for an Associate General Counsel involves becoming a General Counsel or a Deputy General Counsel, roles that pay $10K more and $33K more on average.
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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 Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property (IP), and Corporate are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 77 percent, 26 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Research and Litigation Case Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Regulatory Compliance and Legal Research.
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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $88K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $143K. Associate General Counsels claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $180K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $212K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Associate General Counsels, 37 percent higher than the national average. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+26 percent), Atlanta (+25 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+16 percent). Associate General Counsels in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 49 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Los Angeles (30 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).
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