Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

Average VPs and General Counsels in the United States make around $161K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are more male VPs and General Counsels than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. Job satisfaction for VPs and General Counsels is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$101,063 - $230,404
MEDIAN: $160,673

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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.
$101,063 - $230,404  
$0.00 - $59,800  
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).
$111,313 - $276,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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 $204K per year.

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VPs and General Counsels who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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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National Average

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