Associate General Counsel Salary

On average, Associate General Counsels in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($133K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $51K and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Associate General Counsels can bottom out near $73K or peak near $242K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Associate General Counsels. Women make up a slight majority of Associate General Counsels (53 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$71,865 - $207,738
$72K
$130K
$210K
MEDIAN: $133,437
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National Salary Data (?
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$71,865 - $207,738  
   
Bonus
$2,066 - $51,416  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,304  
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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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$72,889 - $242,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 791

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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

  • Provide general corporate legal services and counsel, under the direction of the General Counsel.
  • Coordinate with outside attorneys.
  • Provide legal advice and support to the General Counsel.
  • Oversee and direct company litigation.
  • Draft, review and negotiate agreements, contracts and policies.

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 $13K higher and $36K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel


Survey results imply that Associate General Counsels deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 81 percent, 33 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Research and Litigation Case Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Regulatory Compliance and Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate General Counsel

Pay by Experience for an Associate General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 259 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate General Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $141,000 based on 281 salaries. An experienced Associate General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $182,000 based on 267 salaries. An Associate General Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $213,000 based on 98 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $139,127

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, 45 percent higher than the national average. Associate General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+31 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), and Philadelphia (+20 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Associate General Counsels is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 48 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (14 percent lower) and Dallas (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Associate General Counsel

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

▲53%

▲31%

▲1%

National Average
$139,000

▼37%

Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲81%

Real Estate
▲33%


Corporate
▲25%



National Average
$139,000







Project Management
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 6%
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