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Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

VPs and General Counsels in the United States pull down an average of $161K per year. Cash earnings of VPs and General Counsels can occasionally include $73K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $108K to almost $291K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, VPs and General Counsels enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$99,719 - $231,056
MEDIAN: $161,488

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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.
$99,719 - $231,056  
$0.00 - $73,404  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $74,497  
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).
$107,631 - $291,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164

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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 new roles such as Senior Vice President & General Counsel may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Senior Vice President & General Counsel earns $206K per year.

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VPs and General Counsels note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Litigation Case Management, Legal Compliance, and Contract Negotiation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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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Legal Compliance

National Average

Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


30 %
70 %

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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%