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Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary (United States)

The average VP or General Counsel in the United States earns approximately $161K annually. Total cash compensation for VPs and General Counsels runs from $104K to $281K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $61K and profit sharing that can reach almost $74K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of VPs and General Counsels (66 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of VPs and General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$99,333 - $226,389
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National Salary Data

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$99,333 - $226,389  
   
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$1.14 - $61,402  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $73,974  
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$104,209 - $281,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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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 transition into an upper level Senior Vice President & General Counsel position may earn higher paychecks. The median income for that position is $205K per year.

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VPs and General Counsels usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Litigation Case Management, Contract Negotiation, and Legal Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation. Many workers who know Contract Negotiation also know Legal Compliance.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$176,000
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Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, VPs and General Counsels in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. VPs and General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in New York (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$176,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

Litigation Case Management
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National Average
$176,000
Legal Compliance
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Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%