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Deputy General Counsel Salary

Salaries for Deputy General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($155K) per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. More than half of Deputy General Counsels (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Deputy General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$90,470 - $229,879
MEDIAN: $154,989

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$90,470 - $229,879  
$0.00 - $67,522  
Profit Sharing
$10,174 - $15,361  
Total Pay (?
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: 2 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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Typical Deputy General Counsels report a focused set of job skills. Contract Negotiation and Intellectual Property are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 5 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.

Deputy General Counsels with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $149K. Deputy General Counsels claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $187K. Deputy General Counsels who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $194K.

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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 27 votes.


36 %
64 %

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%