Salaries for Deputy General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($192K) per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Deputy General Counsels is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Deputy General Counsels (67 percent) survey respondents are male.

$100,305 - $252,590
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$190K
$250K
MEDIAN: $192,005
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$100,305 - $252,590  
   
Bonus
$2,466 - $73,655  
Profit Sharing
$15,126  
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$96,197 - $310,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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.

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Deputy General Counsel Tasks

  • Provide counsel and representation in areas such as torts, administrative proceedings, public records, contracts, and more.
  • Coordinate with external legal counsel as necessary.
  • Prepare and prosecute claims against others, and present status reports on progress.
  • Prepare witnesses, conduct relevant research, and draft pleadings and briefs.

Common Career Paths for Deputy General Counsel


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Deputy General Counsels may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level General Counsel position, where pay tends to be around $152K.

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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Deputy General Counsels. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $79K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $166K. Deputy General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $219K. 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 $264K.

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Key Stats for Deputy General Counsel

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Deputy General Counsel Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%


National Average
$207,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Entry-Level
up arrow 62%

Skills That Affect Deputy General Counsel Salaries

People Management
up arrow 7%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Corporate Governance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$207,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 5%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 18%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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