Deputy General Counsel Salary

Generous salaries abound for Deputy General Counsels in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($193K) per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Deputy General Counsels are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$103,162 - $256,672
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$200K
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MEDIAN: $195,462
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$0$312K
Salary $103,162 - $256,672
Bonus $4,848 - $76,807
Profit Sharing $20,000
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$95,361 - $312,769
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 139

Job Description for Deputy General Counsel

Businesses which file or face lawsuits, or need advice regarding legal issues, refer to a "general counsel." The deputy general counsel is, in most situations, the backup general counsel who works underneath a more experienced attorney to perform necessary legal work, which may include appearing in court or preparing for legal proceedings.

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Deputy General Counsel Tasks

  • Provide counsel and representation in areas such as torts, administrative proceedings, public records, contracts, and more.
  • Coordinate with external legal counsel as necessary.
  • Prepare and prosecute claims against others, and present status reports on progress.
  • Prepare witnesses, conduct relevant research, and draft pleadings and briefs.

Common Career Paths for Deputy General Counsel


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As Deputy General Counsels make advancements to positions like General Counsel, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, General Counsels make $153K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deputy General Counsel

Pay by Experience for a Deputy General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Deputy General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Deputy 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 $163,000 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Deputy General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $220,000 based on 79 salaries. A Deputy 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 $254,000 based on 36 salaries.

Deputy General Counsel Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Deputy General Counsel?

Deputy General Counsel in Boise:
"Like what you do."
You have to have work-life balance, but you also have to enjoy what you do. Earnings are important to some people, but having additional time for family is more important than earnings to some people. We have to find the right balance. Don't lose sight of why you became a lawyer. If you like to litigate cases, then you should. If you take a job that is more administrative in nature you may become board in your job and less satisfied as a result. Only you can figure out what you like.

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Key Stats for Deputy General Counsel

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
30%

Experience Affects Deputy General Counsel Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

▲3%

National Average
$214,000

Mid-Career
▼24%

Entry-Level
▼61%

Skills That Affect Deputy General Counsel Salaries

People Management
▲3%

Corporate Governance
▲2%


National Average
$214,000

Regulatory Compliance
▼1%

Legal Compliance
▼2%

Litigation Case Management
▼8%

Intellectual Property (IP)
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 5%