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Deputy General Counsel Salary (United States)

Deputy General Counsels in the United States can expect to earn an average of $151K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Deputy General Counsels (64 percent) who took the survey are men.
Deputy General Counsel Salary (?
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$90,012 - $225,686
MEDIAN: $150,767
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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.
$90,012 - $225,686  
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$1,730 - $47,000  
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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).
$90,188 - $268,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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.

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Deputy General Counsels report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Contract Negotiation command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy General Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $88K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $142K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Deputy General Counsels make $186K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Deputy General Counsels report making only $185K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Deputy General Counsels, 10 percent above the national average. New York ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average.

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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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%