Late-Career General Counsel Salary

Average pay for a Late-Career General Counsel is considerable, rounding six figures at $188K per year. Total cash compensation to Late-Career General Counsels bottoms out near $121K and approaches $329K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $82K from bonuses and almost $74K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction for Late-Career General Counsels is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$116,596 - $265,236
MEDIAN: $187,950

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$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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For Late-Career General Counsels, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 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). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Late-Career General Counsels earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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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.


30 %
70 %

Common Health Benefits

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