Deputy General Counsel Salary

Generous salaries abound for Deputy General Counsels in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($158K) per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more male Deputy General Counsels than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. For the most part, Deputy General Counsels enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$91,013 - $226,173

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$91,013 - $226,173  
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$10,174 - $15,361  
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$89,804 - $271,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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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Although many Deputy General Counsels transition into General Counsel roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $149K.

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Deputy General Counsels only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Intellectual Property, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.

For many Deputy General Counsels, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $89K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $160K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $192K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $194K on average.

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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

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Contract Negotiation
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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.


39 %
61 %

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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%