Associate General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Associate General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($135K) 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, $40K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $75K and $247K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men working as Associate General Counsels who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Associate General Counsels, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$73,598 - $205,549
MEDIAN: $134,931

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$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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Though it's uncommon, some Associate General Counsels move into roles as Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels, where pay is an average $194K per year. Associate General Counsels typically move into roles as General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels, and those positions pay $8K more and $26K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Associate General Counsels seem to exploit a large range 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 experienced in Contract Negotiation also know Legal Research and Regulatory Compliance. People who know Legal Compliance usually also know 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $186K in this role. Associate General Counsels with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $203K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $141,889

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Associate General Counsels, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. 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). Location significantly influences compensation, with Orlando Associate General Counsels earning much less — 49 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 22 percent less in Los Angeles and 9 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

National Average

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%