A General Counsel earns an average salary of $155,677 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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$85,351 - $250,597
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MEDIAN: $155,676
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$12.67 - $197.27
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MEDIAN: $73.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$85,351 - $250,597  
   
Bonus
$1,962 - $77,062  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,913  
Commission
$14,250  
Total Pay (?
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$87,434 - $303,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $197.27  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,962 - $77,062  
   
Commission
$14,250  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,913  
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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$87,434 - $303,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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.

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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: $167,949

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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 167 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries



National Average
$168,000



Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 32%

Corporate
up arrow 18%



Real Estate
up arrow 7%




Human Resources
0%

National Average
$168,000

Risk Management / Risk Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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