Salaries for VPs and General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($165K) per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all VPs and General Counsels who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$96,570 - $226,582
MEDIAN: $164,775

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$96,570 - $226,582  
$4,980 - $49,665  
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$102,745 - $252,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89

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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

  • Lead and financially manage the legal/compliance department of the organization.
  • Select and manage external legal counsel as needed.
  • Oversee all litigation and regulatory filings, both new and ongoing.
  • 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.

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

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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 $203K per year.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Job skills reported by VPs and General Counsels are limited. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know 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.

VPs and General Counsels who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Annually raking in $105K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. VPs and General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $188K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $203K.

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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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Litigation Case Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


28 %
72 %

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: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%