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Deputy General Counsel Salary

Average pay for Deputy General Counsels in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($156K). Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Deputy General Counsels (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$90,470 - $229,879
MEDIAN: $155,681

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$0.00 - $67,660  
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$10,174 - $15,361  
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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).
$89,234 - $278,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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 $149K.

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Deputy General Counsels who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Contract Negotiation and Intellectual Property are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Compliance as a skill 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Deputy General Counsels. The relatively untested earn a median of $88K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $152K. On average, Deputy General Counsels make $187K following one to two decades on the job. Deputy General Counsels with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $196K.

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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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Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 4%

National Average

Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.


37 %
63 %

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%