General Counsels with Legal Research skills can expect to earn an average of $126K annually. Total cash compensation to General Counsels with Legal Research skills bottoms out near $73K and approaches $232K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $59K from bonuses and almost $88K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of General Counsels with Legal Research skills (68 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$70,405 - $214,662
MEDIAN: $125,533

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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.
$70,405 - $214,662  
$0.00 - $58,723  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $88,084  
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).
$72,938 - $231,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202

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Pay by Experience Level for General Counsel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $80K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $124K. General Counsels with Legal Research skills with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $153K. General Counsels with Legal Research skills with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $178K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


32 %
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 8%