Deputy General Counsel Salary

Deputy General Counsels in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $161K annually. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Deputy General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Deputy General Counsels who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$92,050 - $231,684
MEDIAN: $160,840

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$92,050 - $231,684  
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$90,890 - $276,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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Job Description for Deputy General Counsel

  • 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.

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Deputy General Counsels who take on a higher-level position such as General Counsel may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as General Counsels on average bring home $150K.

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Job skills reported by Deputy General Counsels are limited. Those who have experience with Contract Negotiation, Intellectual Property, and Legal Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Legal Compliance and Intellectual Property, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $88K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $161K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $194K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $196K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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National Average

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.


38 %
62 %

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%