Associate General Counsel Salary

Average pay for an Associate General Counsel in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $134K per year. In the world of Associate General Counsels, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $58K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $39K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $75K and $246K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Associate General Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,603 - $204,891
MEDIAN: $133,798

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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.
$72,603 - $204,891  
$1,025 - $57,933  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $39,355  
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).
$74,694 - $246,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,147
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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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It's not very common for Associate General Counsels to move on to become Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels. Average pay for a Vice President and Associate General Counsel is $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

Associate General Counsels report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Corporate can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Complex Litigation Case Management and Corporate Governance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 23 percent and 27 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research, Contract Management, and Legal Compliance. 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.

For many Associate General Counsels, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $91K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $132K. Associate General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $185K. 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 $203K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Associate General Counsels, 48 percent above the national average. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+35 percent), Houston (+27 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. Workers in Los Angeles and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (30 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

up arrow 27%

Corporate Governance
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Mergers and Acquisitions
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Contract Negotiation
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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Contract Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 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%