Associate General Counsel Salary (United States)

Associate General Counsels enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($141,542) annually in the United States. Overall cash income ranges from $71,176 near the bottom to $200,268) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $58K from bonuses and $39,911 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Associate General Counsels making up 55 percent of workers. The majority of Associate General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$71,176 - $200,268
MEDIAN: $131,342
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National Salary Data

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$71,176 - $200,268  
$2,394 - $57,650  
Profit Sharing
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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).
$73,926 - $244,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,101
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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 not the most common occurrence, Associate General Counsels who become Vice President (VP) & Associate General Counsels earn an extra $48K per year. The most common next step for Associate General Counsels is moving into roles as General Counsels or Deputy General Counsels, where they can expect an extra $5,884 or $19,321 per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate General Counsel

Associate General Counsels report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Intellectual Property (IP), Complex Litigation Case Management, and Corporate are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 22 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Research and Legal Compliance. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Legal Research and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate General Counsel

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For Associate General Counsels, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. After five to 10 years, salaries grow from $89K to $133K, topping six figures. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $183K. After 20 years in the field, Associate General Counsels see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $198K. Associate General Counsels with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Associate General Counsels, 49 percent above the national average. Minneapolis, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles also offer top salaries for Associate General Counsels. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 21 percent, 17 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent more, respectively. Associate General Counsels' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Associate General Counsels in Orlando bring in salaries that are 50 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (-14 percent) and Denver (-6 percent).

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Skills That Affect Associate General Counsel Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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