The average salary for a General Counsel is $158,082 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate, Complex Litigation Case Management, Intellectual Property (IP), and Corporate Governance.
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$86,028 - $250,263
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$86K
$160K
$250K
MEDIAN: $158,081
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$12.88 - $193.92
(Median)
$13
$74
$190
MEDIAN: $74.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$86,028 - $250,263  
   
Bonus
$1,508 - $77,090  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,837  
Commission
$14,250  
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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$88,062 - $305,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $193.92  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,508 - $77,090  
   
Commission
$14,250  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,837  
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).
)
$88,062 - $305,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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

National Average: $169,762

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Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries



National Average
$170,000



Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 32%

Corporate
up arrow 17%




Real Estate
up arrow 6%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 6%


Legal Compliance
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
0%

National Average
$170,000

Litigation Case Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Document Review
up arrow 3%

Contract Management
up arrow 4%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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