General Counsel Salary (United States)

The average salary for a General Counsel is $144,307 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 Human Resources.
General Counsel Total Pay (?
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$75,095 - $227,810
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MEDIAN: $144,306
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General Counsel Total Pay (?
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$24.02 - $103.04
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$75,095 - $227,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $68,034  
Profit Sharing
$2,534 - $48,722  
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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$76,498 - $271,007  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.02 - $103.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $68,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,534 - $48,722  
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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$76,498 - $271,007  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,391
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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 Difference By Location
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Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries

National Average
$152,000

Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
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Corporate
up arrow 22%
Human Resources
up arrow 14%
Litigation Case Management
up arrow 4%
Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%
Legal Compliance
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National Average
$152,000
Contract Management
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Real Estate
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Gender
Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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