Deputy General Counsel Salary

Deputy General Counsels receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $166K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Deputy General Counsels is high. More than half of Deputy General Counsels (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half.

$91,227 - $240,371
MEDIAN: $166,110

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$90,023 - $290,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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.

Common Career Paths for Deputy General Counsel

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Deputy General Counsels often transition into a General Counsel position. General Counsels report a slightly lower median income of $150K.

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Deputy General Counsels only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Legal Compliance and Intellectual Property as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy General Counsel

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

Deputy General Counsels with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $88K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $160K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Deputy General Counsels make a median salary of $196K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $225K.

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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

Contract Negotiation
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National Average

Corporate Governance
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.


34 %
66 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%