Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

Earnings for VPs and General Counsels in the United States come in at around $161K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male VPs and General Counsels are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. For the most part, VPs and General Counsels enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$101,213 - $230,060

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$101,213 - $230,060  
$0.00 - $59,699  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $7,122  
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$111,657 - $275,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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 $204K per year.

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Survey results show that VPs and General Counsels typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance 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. Experience with Contract Negotiation is often linked with knowledge of Legal Compliance.

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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

Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Regulatory Compliance
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Legal Compliance
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Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%