Late-Career General Counsels can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $191K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Late-Career General Counsels — including $99K in bonuses and $52K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $131K to $348K depending on individual performance. Male Late-Career General Counsels who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Late-Career General Counsels enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$122,350 - $273,446
MEDIAN: $190,520

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$122,350 - $273,446  
$2,500 - $99,159  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $52,381  
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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).
$130,626 - $347,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 393

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $211,171

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With a pay rate for Late-Career General Counsels that is 53 percent greater than the national average, Irvine offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Late-Career General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+24 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Late-Career General Counsels is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Employers in Philadelphia and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
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Complex Litigation Case Management
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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Contract Negotiation
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Corporate Governance
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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Human Resources
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Regulatory Compliance
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Legal Document Review
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Litigation Case Management
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Real Estate
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Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.


32 %
68 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%