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Legal Executive /General Counsel Salary

The average salary for a Legal Executive /General Counsel is $119,578 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$56,908 - $182,270
MEDIAN: $119,577

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$56,908 - $182,270  
$248.32 - $50,335  
Profit Sharing
$12,250 - $40,000  
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).
$54,690 - $201,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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Job Description for Legal Executive /General Counsel

The legal executive/general counsel is an attorney who offers advice on legal strategies and logistics for the company. They usually head a legal department, and that department advises and and oversees company compliance with current laws regarding labor and commercial operation. The general counsel holds an executive position within an organization; in most companies, the general counsel is part of the board that oversees company activities.


Legal Executive /General Counsel Tasks

  • Advise company's management on legal issues.
  • Direct legal staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Oversee the legal affairs of a company/division.
  • Manage outside counsel.

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Experience Affects Legal Executive /General Counsel Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


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40 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 7%