Associate General Counsel Salary

Average pay for Associate General Counsels in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($132K). Cash earnings for Associate General Counsels — which occasionally include more than $55K from bonuses and more than $31K from profit sharing — stretch from around $74K to approximately $243K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Associate General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Associate General Counsels (54 percent) who responded to the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$72,144 - $203,817

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
$72,144 - $203,817  
$1,003 - $55,037  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $31,094  
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).
$73,640 - $243,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,121
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

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

Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px

While Associate General Counsels do not often become Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels, the job pays $192K per year on average. When Associate General Counsels are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $24K, respectively.

Associate General Counsel Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Corporate, Corporate Governance, and Complex Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 24 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Contract Management and Legal Compliance also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Associate General Counsels. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $90K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $132K. On average, Associate General Counsels make $185K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $202K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Associate General Counsels in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Associate General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+37 percent), Atlanta (+27 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and Minneapolis (+22 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Orlando Associate General Counsels earning much less — 49 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 29 percent less in Los Angeles and 13 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

up arrow 28%

Corporate Governance
up arrow 24%

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 20%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average

Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%

Contract Management
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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


46 %
54 %

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%