Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

For VPs and General Counsels, yearly average wages total $163K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most VPs and General Counsels like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Male VPs and General Counsels are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals.

$102,598 - $228,952
MEDIAN: $163,394

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$114,766 - $277,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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Job Description for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

  • 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.

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VPs and General Counsels who transition into new roles such as Senior Vice President & General Counsel may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Senior Vice President & General Counsel earns $207K per year.

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VPs and General Counsels only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Compliance, Litigation Case Management, Contract Negotiation, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance and Contract Negotiation. Aptitude in Contract Negotiation tends to also indicate an understanding of Legal Compliance.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Legal Compliance
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Contract Negotiation
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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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


32 %
68 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%