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Average General Counsel Salary

$163,148
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$25,443
Bonus
$37,500
Commission
$14,368
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a General Counsel is $163,148.
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$91k
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$163k
90%
$254k
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$91k - $254k
Bonus
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$24k - $76k
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What Do General Counsels Do?

General Counsel Tasks
  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts.
  • Assist with possible mergers, acquisitions and formation of business entities.
  • Provide legal advice on legal and regulatory issues and federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Represent client or corporation in negotiations with accounts and regulators.

Job Satisfaction for General Counsel

4.1 out of 5
(287)
Highly Satisfied
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Popular Employer Salaries for General Counsel

The top respondents for the job title General Counsel are from the companies Flexitallic, Alternate Solutions HomeCare and Company Confidential. Reported salaries are highest at Laika, Inc. where the average pay is $202,469. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Flexitallic, earning around $180,000. Alternate Solutions HomeCare pays the lowest at around $81,250. Company Confidential also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $111,910.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for General Counsels?

Skills in Contract Negotiation and Corporate Governance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Contract Management, Regulatory Compliance and Legal Compliance.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for General Counsels?

An entry-level General Counsel with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $76,332 based on 11 salaries. An early career General Counsel with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,086 based on 235 salaries. A mid-career General Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $135,814 based on 440 salaries. An experienced General Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $174,248 based on 863 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $196,585.
Employees with General Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 28.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (25.2% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (12.7% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,287 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.5%
Early Career
10.3%
Mid Career
19.2%
Experienced
37.7%
Late Career
32.3%

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