Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

Salaries for VPs and General Counsels in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($165K) per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs and General Counsels. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male VPs and General Counsels greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$88,442 - $216,133
$88K
$160K
$220K
MEDIAN: $164,892
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$88,442 - $216,133  
   
Bonus
$5,013 - $41,011  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Commission
$27,500  
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).
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$99,442 - $231,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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Job Description for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Vice presidents and general counsel are responsible for overseeing ongoing tasks within a company and providing assistance and resolving problems as they arise. They may also be in charge of directing and overseeing smaller teams of employees as they work on individual projects.

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Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Tasks

  • Lead and financially manage the legal/compliance department of the organization.
  • Select and manage external legal counsel as needed.
  • Oversee all litigation and regulatory filings, both new and ongoing.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel


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At the upper end, VPs and General Counsels who move into a Senior Vice President & General Counsel role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $203K 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, Regulatory Compliance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Legal Compliance. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of VPs and General Counsels. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $105K. VPs and General Counsels see a median salary of $183K after reaching one to two decades on the job. VPs and General Counsels who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $199K on average.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
41%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

▲15%

▲6%

National Average
$172,000

▼15%

▼39%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲9%

Litigation Case Management
▲5%

Regulatory Compliance
▲1%

National Average
$172,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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