Associate General Counsel Salary

Associate General Counsels in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $135K annually. Total cash compensation to Associate General Counsels approaches anywhere from $75K on the lower end to $247K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $58K from bonuses and upwards of $40K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men working as Associate General Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Work is enjoyable for Associate General Counsels, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,598 - $205,549
MEDIAN: $134,931

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National Salary Data (?
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$73,598 - $205,549  
$1,027 - $58,438  
Profit Sharing
$1,015 - $40,359  
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).
$75,072 - $247,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,198
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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 $194K 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 $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Associate General Counsels report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Complex Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 21 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Real Estate and Litigation Case Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Legal Compliance are similarly competent in Regulatory Compliance and Legal Research. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $90K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $134K. On average, Associate General Counsels make $186K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $203K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $141,889

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Associate General Counsels will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+37 percent), Atlanta (+27 percent), Houston (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+20 percent). Associate General Counsels in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 49 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Chicago (22 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Mergers and Acquisitions
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Corporate Governance
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National Average

Contract Negotiation
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Contract Management
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Real Estate
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.


48 %
52 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%