Deputy General Counsel Salary

On average, Deputy General Counsels in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($157K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Deputy General Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Deputy General Counsels (63 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$90,581 - $229,718
MEDIAN: $156,561

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$90,581 - $229,718  
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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).
$89,351 - $278,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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 only report a few specific skills. 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $88K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $158K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $189K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $197K.

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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.


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: 66% employee benefits None: 6%