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Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

The average VP or General Counsel in the United States earns approximately $161K annually. Total cash compensation for VPs and General Counsels runs from $104K to $281K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $61K and profit sharing that can reach almost $74K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of VPs and General Counsels (66 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of VPs and General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$99,333 - $226,389
MEDIAN: $161,388

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$99,333 - $226,389  
$1.14 - $61,402  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $73,974  
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).
$104,209 - $281,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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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.

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

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VPs and General Counsels who transition into an upper level Senior Vice President & General Counsel position may earn higher paychecks. The median income for that position is $205K per year.

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VPs and General Counsels usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Litigation Case Management, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation. Many workers who know Contract Negotiation also know Legal Compliance.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

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National Average

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

Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.


34 %
66 %

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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%