Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

Average pay for VPs and General Counsels in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($166K). Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs and General Counsels. There are more male VPs and General Counsels than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$94,106 - $227,541
$94K
$170K
$230K
MEDIAN: $165,871
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$0$248K
Salary $94,106 - $227,541
Bonus $4,989 - $40,905
Profit Sharing $1,750
Commission $27,500
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$101,544 - $248,746
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 85

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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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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 $203K annually.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel


VPs and General Counsels generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation. Most people familiar with Contract Negotiation also know Intellectual Property (IP).

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Pay by Experience for a Vice President (VP) & General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Vice President (VP) & General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Vice President (VP) & General Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Vice President (VP) & General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $183,000 based on 44 salaries. A Vice President (VP) & General Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $199,000 based on 36 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a Vice President (VP) & General Counsel?

Vice President (VP) & General Counsel in Carlsbad:
"On Being General Counsel."
Pros: Being a memeber of Sr. Mgmt.
Cons: My time is not my own.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
41%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$175,000

▼16%

▼40%

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

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲7%

Litigation Case Management
▲3%

National Average
$175,000

Regulatory Compliance
▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 10%
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