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Associate General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Associate General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($133K) per year. Cash earnings for Associate General Counsels — which occasionally include more than $58K from bonuses and more than $39K from profit sharing — stretch from around $74K to approximately $247K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Associate General Counsels (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Associate General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,927 - $203,952
MEDIAN: $133,241

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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.
$71,927 - $203,952  
$1,318 - $58,294  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $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).
$73,682 - $246,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,138

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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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Associate General Counsels sometimes assume positions such as Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels. That role pays $191K per year on average. Associate General Counsels typically move into roles as General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels, and those positions pay $8K more and $23K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Associate General Counsels report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate, Corporate Governance, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Legal Research and Legal Compliance, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Contract Negotiation also 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.

Associate General Counsels generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $90K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $132K. Associate General Counsels with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $184K. 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 $199K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Associate General Counsels in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Associate General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), Houston (+27 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), and Minneapolis (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 50 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Los Angeles and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 26 percent lower and 12 percent lower, 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
up arrow 23%

Mergers and Acquisitions
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Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%

Contract Negotiation
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.


44 %
56 %

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%