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Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

VPs and General Counsels in the United States take home an average $161K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male VPs and General Counsels who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. The majority of VPs and General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$99,335 - $233,447
MEDIAN: $161,070

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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.
$99,335 - $233,447  
$0.00 - $74,497  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $40,000  
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).
$106,171 - $293,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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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For VPs and General Counsels who go on to become Senior Vice President & General Counsels, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Senior Vice President & General Counsel earns $206K annually.

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VPs and General Counsels who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Legal Compliance and Litigation Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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

Legal Compliance
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Litigation Case Management
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National Average

Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


32 %
68 %

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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%