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. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Deputy General Counsels. The majority of Deputy General Counsels (66 percent) survey respondents are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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

Businesses which file or face lawsuits, or need advice regarding legal issues, refer to a "general counsel." The deputy general counsel is, in most situations, the backup general counsel who works underneath a more experienced attorney to perform necessary legal work, which may include appearing in court or preparing for legal proceedings.


Deputy General Counsel Tasks

  • 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 move into General Counsel roles. General Counsels seem to make a little less than Deputy General Counsels as their salaries average out to $150K a year.

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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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $160K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Deputy General Counsels make a median salary of $196K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $225K.

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Experience Affects Deputy General Counsel Salaries

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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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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%