Late-Career General Counsel Salary

On average, Late-Career General Counsels earn six-figure salaries ($188K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings for Late-Career General Counsels — which occasionally include more than $82K from bonuses and more than $74K from profit sharing — stretch from around $121K to approximately $329K. Male Late-Career General Counsels are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Late-Career General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$116,596 - $265,236
MEDIAN: $187,950

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National Salary Data (?
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$116,596 - $265,236  
$0.00 - $82,123  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $73,974  
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).
$121,417 - $329,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 540
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $206,080

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Late-Career General Counsels, 27 percent above the national average. Late-Career General Counsels can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+19 percent). Late-Career General Counsels in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (15 percent lower) and Dallas (11 percent lower).

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Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Mergers and Acquisitions
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Contract Negotiation
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Human Resources
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National Average

Complex Litigation Case Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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Legal Compliance
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Contract Management
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Litigation Case Management
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Legal Research
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Real Estate
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.


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70 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%