Senior Counsel Salary

A Senior Counsel earns an average salary of $155,522 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience, and Corporate.

$101,171 - $205,711
MEDIAN: $155,521

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$101,171 - $205,711  
$3,500 - $49,794  
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $30,000  
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$107,128 - $244,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
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Job Description for Senior Counsel

A senior counsel is responsible for handling various legal matters inside a law firm or, in some cases, in businesses. Their specific tasks may vary depending on the needs of their organization and their specialty. Generally, they must be able to apply complex legal strategy to the specific needs and requirements of their clients and/or organization. They may also mentor other attorneys and work extensively with internal teams on their needs. Other tasks completed by the senior counsel might include working with clients, creating legal strategies catering to clients' needs, and providing legal advice as required. For example, they may give advice related to land and contracts and help develop contracts for these matters as well. The senior counsel must be skilled in effectively conducting research and resolving legal disputes.


Senior Counsel Tasks

  • Provide support in the creation and approval of product marketing goods.
  • Provide support for bid responses and negotiations.
  • Prepare, negotiate, and review all contracts involving sales, rebates, research and consulting, and more.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
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Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
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Intellectual Property (IP)
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Contract Negotiation
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National Average

Regulatory Compliance
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Real Estate
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Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.


51 %
49 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%