Deputy General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $191K) surpassing six figures annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Deputy General Counsels is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Male Deputy General Counsels who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men.

$114,930 - $252,709
MEDIAN: $190,981

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$114,930 - $252,709  
$1,550 - $72,170  
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$104,303 - $309,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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Job Description for Deputy General Counsel

Businesses which file or face lawsuits, or need advice regarding legal issues, refer to a "general counsel." The deputy general counsel is, in most situations, the backup general counsel who works underneath a more experienced attorney to perform necessary legal work, which may include appearing in court or preparing for legal proceedings.


Deputy General Counsel Tasks

  • Prepare and prosecute claims against others, and present status reports on progress.
  • Prepare witnesses, conduct relevant research, and draft pleadings and briefs.
  • Provide counsel and representation in areas such as torts, administrative proceedings, public records, contracts, and more.
  • Coordinate with external legal counsel as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Deputy General Counsel

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As Deputy General Counsels transition into upper-level roles like General Counsel, they may see a sharp decline in salary. General Counsels will usually earn $152K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deputy General Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Deputy General Counsels. The average beginner in this position makes around $79K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $167K. Deputy General Counsels bring in $218K after working for 10 to 20 years. Deputy General Counsels who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $256K on average.

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Experience Affects Deputy General Counsel Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Deputy General Counsel Salaries

People Management
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Contract Negotiation
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Regulatory Compliance
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Corporate Governance

National Average

Legal Compliance
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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Litigation Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


35 %
65 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 6%