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Late-Career General Counsel Salary

Late-Career General Counsels can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $201K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall incomes of Late-Career General Counsels generally bottom out at around $117K and peak near $319K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $77K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Late-Career General Counsels survey respondents are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$108,320 - $259,251
MEDIAN: $181,577

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National Salary Data (?
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$108,320 - $259,251  
$0.00 - $76,555  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $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).
$117,186 - $319,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Late-Career General Counsels in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Late-Career General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), New York (+20 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Late-Career General Counsels' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Late-Career General Counsels in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 33 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Philadelphia (20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Skills That Affect Late-Career General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 24%

Intellectual Property (IP)
up arrow 20%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
up arrow 4%

Complex Litigation Case Management
up arrow 1%

Litigation Case Management

National Average

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Contract Management
up arrow 1%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

Legal Research
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.


26 %
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%