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General Counsel Salary (United States)

The average salary for a General Counsel is $147,351 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, Intellectual Property (IP), Corporate, Human Resources, and Complex Litigation Case Management.
General Counsel Salary (?
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$76,538 - $231,004
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MEDIAN: $147,351
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General Counsel Salary (?
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$24.24 - $102.13
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MEDIAN: $62.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$76,538 - $231,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $67,303  
Profit Sharing
$1,340 - $50,167  
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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$78,010 - $277,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $102.13  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $67,303  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,340 - $50,167  
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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$78,010 - $277,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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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National Average
$155,000
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Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries

National Average
$155,000

Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
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Corporate
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Human Resources
up arrow 17%
Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
0%
National Average
$155,000
Contract Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%