Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

The average VP or General Counsel in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $163K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of VPs and General Counsels are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs and General Counsels. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$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

  • 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 become Senior Vice President & General Counsels position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $207K per year.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Survey results show that VPs and General Counsels use a fair number of 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. Most people 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.

For many VPs and General Counsels, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $135K on average. VPs and General Counsels who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $186K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $217K.

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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

Intellectual Property (IP)
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Legal Compliance
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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%