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Associate General Counsel Salary

Associate General Counsels in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $141K annually. In the world of Associate General Counsels, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $57K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $40K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $245K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Associate General Counsels (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Associate General Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$71,783 - $201,111
MEDIAN: $132,255

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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.
$71,783 - $201,111  
$2,447 - $57,084  
Profit Sharing
$987 - $39,911  
$3,000 - $8,000  
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).
$73,669 - $245,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,112
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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.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Associate General Counsels report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Complex Litigation Case Management, Corporate, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 19 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Legal Research and Legal Compliance as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to know 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $89K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $130K. Associate General Counsels with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $184K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $200K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Associate General Counsels, 49 percent above the national average. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+24 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (8 percent less) and Denver (5 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 votes.


45 %
55 %

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: 64% employee benefits None: 7%