General Counsel Salary

A General Counsel earns an average salary of $157,107 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate, and Intellectual Property (IP).
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$86,514 - $252,927
$87K
$160K
$250K
MEDIAN: $161,084
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$12.77 - $195.74
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MEDIAN: $74.29
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$0$303K
Salary $86,514 - $252,927
Bonus $1,950 - $77,599
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $35,479
Commission $27,000
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$88,404 - $303,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,262
Hourly Data $0$195
Hourly Rate $12.77 - $195.74
Annual Data $0$303K
Bonus $1,950 - $77,599
Commission $27,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $35,479
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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$88,404 - $303,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

  • 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.
  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts.
  • Assist with possible mergers, acquisitions and formation of business entities.

Common Career Paths for General Counsel


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Popular Skills for General Counsel

Pay by Experience Level for General Counsel

Pay by Experience for a General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 204 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 320 salaries. An experienced General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $192,000 based on 571 salaries. A General Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $208,000 based on 388 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $173,389

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Key Stats for General Counsel

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries

▲20%

▲11%

National Average
$173,000

▼19%

▼44%

Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲26%

Corporate
▲15%




Real Estate
▲3%


National Average
$173,000



Risk Management / Risk Control
▼5%






Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%
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