Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

Pay for VPs and General Counsels in the United States sits in the ballpark of $163K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most VPs and General Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of VPs and General Counsels (67 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$98,980 - $227,950
MEDIAN: $163,321

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$98,980 - $227,950  
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$104,136 - $271,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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Job Description for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Vice presidents and general counsel are responsible for overseeing ongoing tasks within a company and providing assistance and resolving problems as they arise. They may also be in charge of directing and overseeing smaller teams of employees as they work on individual projects.


Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Tasks

  • Report on legal standing, audits, and compliance matters regularly and when special needs arise.
  • Provide legal counsel to executives and internal teams for documents and strategies.
  • Oversee all litigation and regulatory filings, both new and ongoing.
  • Lead and financially manage the legal/compliance department of the organization.
  • Select and manage external legal counsel as needed.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

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As VPs and General Counsels make advancements in their career path to positions such as Senior Vice President & General Counsel, their salaries may climb. Senior Vice President & General Counsels make $207K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

VPs and General Counsels seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Litigation Case Management, Legal Compliance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in Intellectual Property (IP).

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of VPs and General Counsels. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $135K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $150K. VPs and General Counsels with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $186K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $217K.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 5%