Associate General Counsel Salary
Associate General Counsels in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $135K annually. Overall cash earnings for Associate General Counsels stretch from $73K on the lower end to $235K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $51K from bonuses and $30K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Associate General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Associate General Counsels (53 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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
- 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
While not commonly seen, Associate General Counsels who transition into a Vice President and Associate General Counsel position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels is $193K per year. 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 $11K higher and $34K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel
Survey results imply that Associate General Counsels deploy a deep pool of skills 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 69 percent, 25 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Research and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in 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.
Associate General Counsels with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $88K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $142K. For Associate General Counsels, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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 $211K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Associate General Counsels, 40 percent higher than the national average. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+24 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). Associate General Counsels in Orlando earn salaries far below the national average by 49 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 29 percent less in Los Angeles and 22 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.