A General Counsel earns an average salary of $139,469 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Complex Litigation Case Management and Intellectual Property (IP).
General Counsel Total Pay (?
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$74,392 - $224,567
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MEDIAN: $139,468
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General Counsel Total Pay (?
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$15.46 - $98.61
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$74,392 - $224,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $70,064  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $29,799  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$75,675 - $269,435  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,429
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $98.61  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $70,064  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $29,799  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$75,675 - $269,435  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,429
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Job Description for General Counsel
General counselors work in the business world as the main legal advisers for their respective companies. If a company specializes in a particular type of industry, such as manufacturing, their general counsel will likely be a specialist or have prior experience in the types of law that may be especially applicable to that company. For instance, an insurance company may want to hire a general counsel who is already experienced with insurance fraud law.
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General Counsel Tasks
  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts.
  • Assist with possible mergers, acquisitions and formation of business entities.
  • Provide legal advice on legal and regulatory issues and federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Represent client or corporation in negotiations with accounts and regulators.
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Pay by Experience Level for General Counsel
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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San Francisco
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Philadelphia
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San Diego
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Washington
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National Average
$150,000
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Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries

National Average
$150,000

Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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Contract Management
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$150,000
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Gender
Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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