Associate General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Associate General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($133K) per year. Total cash compensation to Associate General Counsels approaches anywhere from $75K on the lower end to $246K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $58K from bonuses and upwards of $40K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Associate General Counsels making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Associate General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,538 - $203,570
MEDIAN: $133,310

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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.
$72,538 - $203,570  
$1,500 - $57,961  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $39,641  
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).
$75,261 - $246,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,144

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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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There are some Associate General Counsels — though it's uncommon — that transition into Vice Presidents and Associate General Counsels, where earnings are an average $191K annually. It is quite typical for Associate General Counsels to transition into roles as General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels, where reported median earnings are $7K and $22K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Survey results show that Associate General Counsels use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Complex Litigation Case Management, Intellectual Property (IP), and Mergers and Acquisitions are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Research and Legal Compliance. Most people familiar with 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $90K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $131K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $185K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $197K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 48 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 (+30 percent), Houston (+27 percent), Atlanta (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+19 percent). Associate General Counsels in Orlando earn salaries far below the national average by 50 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (24 percent less) and Miami (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
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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 235 votes.


45 %
55 %

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: 65% employee benefits None: 7%