Associate General Counsel Salary (United States)

Associate General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $141,542) surpassing six figures annually. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Associate General Counsels making up 55 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Associate General Counsel Salary (?
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$71,176 - $200,268
MEDIAN: $131,342
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National Salary Data

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$71,176 - $200,268  
$2,394 - $57,650  
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Associate General Counsels move into roles as Vice President (VP) & Associate General Counsels, bringing in an extra $48K per year. A typical promotion for Associate General Counsels is becoming General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels, where they can expect an extra $5,884 or $19,321 per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Survey results suggest that Associate General Counsels use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property (IP), 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. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Legal Research and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate General Counsel

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In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Starting salaries hover around $89K but quickly overtake six figures to $133K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $183K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Associate General Counsels at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $198K. Associate General Counsels with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Associate General Counsels, 49 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Minneapolis, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles, where Associate General Counsels typically earn around 21 percent, 17 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. One of the biggest compensable factors for Associate General Counsels is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 50 percent below the national average. Miami and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -14 percent and -6 percent, respectively.

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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%
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