Deputy General Counsel Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Deputy General Counsels in the United States, with median pay hovering around $158K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Deputy General Counsels (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Deputy General Counsels is high.

$90,690 - $229,557
MEDIAN: $157,914

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$10,174 - $15,361  
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$89,466 - $277,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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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Many Deputy General Counsels transition into upper-level roles like General Counsel. However, General Counsels do report a slightly lower median income of $149K per year.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Deputy General Counsels who took the survey. Contract Negotiation and Intellectual Property are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Deputy General Counsels. The average beginner in this position makes around $88K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $160K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $191K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $197K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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)
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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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%