Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

The average VP or General Counsel in the United States earns approximately $160K 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. Most VPs and General Counsels report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of VPs and General Counsels (66 percent) survey respondents are male. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$100,838 - $230,935
MEDIAN: $160,263

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$100,838 - $230,935  
$0.00 - $59,900  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $7,122  
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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).
$110,795 - $277,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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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As VPs and General Counsels make advancements in their career path to positions such as Senior Vice President & General Counsel, their salaries may climb. Senior Vice President & General Counsels make $206K annually on average.

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VPs and General Counsels only report a few specific 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation. Contract Negotiation and Legal Compliance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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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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Regulatory Compliance

National Average

Contract Negotiation
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Legal Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%