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.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$72,711 - $205,574  
   
Bonus
$2,424 - $51,355  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $29,590  
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$73,055 - $235,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 786
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Hourly Rate
$21.00  
   
Overtime
$63.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,424 - $51,355  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $29,590  
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).
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$73,055 - $235,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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.

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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.

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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

National Average: $141,527

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries




National Average
$142,000


Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 69%


Corporate
up arrow 23%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 3%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Corporate Governance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$142,000


Real Estate
up arrow 7%




Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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