$159,522
Avg. Salary
$55.00
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$24,601

Bonus

$10,106

Profit Sharing

$16,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a General Counsel is $55.00 per hour.

The average pay for a General Counsel is $159,522 per year.

$34.25
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MEDIAN $55.00
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$253k
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MEDIAN $159,522
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$0$302K
Salary $86,585 - $252,604
Bonus $2,482 - $78,315
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $48,110
Commission $16,000
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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$87,930 - $302,043
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,426
Hourly Data $0$168
Hourly Rate $34.25 - $169
Annual Data $0$302K
Bonus $2,482 - $78,315
Commission $16,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $48,110
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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$87,930 - $302,043
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 26

Job Description for General Counsel

General counselors work in the business world as the main legal advisers for their respective companies. If a company specializes in a particular type of industry, such as manufacturing, their general counsel will likely be a specialist or have prior experience in the types of law that may be especially applicable to that company. For instance, an insurance company may want to hire a general counsel who is already experienced with insurance fraud law.

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General Counsel Tasks
  • 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.
  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts.
  • Assist with possible mergers, acquisitions and formation of business entities.

General Counsel Job Listings

Popular Skills for General Counsel


General Counsels seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate, and Intellectual Property (IP) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 15 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Legal Research as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Legal Document Review and Contract Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in Contract Management and Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for General Counsel

Pay by Experience for a General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 204 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $140,000 based on 320 salaries. An experienced General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $192,000 based on 571 salaries. A 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 $208,000 based on 388 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $172,114

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for General Counsels, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. General Counsels will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). General Counsels in Austin earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (21 percent lower) and Detroit (19 percent lower).

General Counsel Advice

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

General Counsel in Dayton:
"Corporate attorney specializing in health care law."
Find the area of law and environment that suits you best.

General Counsel in Dayton:
"Corporate attorney specializing in health care law."
Find the area of law and environment that best suits you.

General Counsel in Louisville:
"No Job Reviews, Politically Charged Atmosphere."
Absentee owner and back-biting executives.

General Counsel in utah:
"Take the initiative and to best build the business."
As General Counsel, it is important to have not only good legal skills, but also you are usually a member of upper level, executive management. It is imperative to understand the legal and business needs of the business and to be an active participant in resolving problems and building the business. This requires General Counsel to take a proprietary interest in the success of the business. Also, this is a position which benefits enormous from a broad range and extended time of experience and the attendant understanding, insight and maturity that comes with such experience. General Counsel also be very good at supervising and coordinating the work of different persons and work groups both in terms of day-to-day business and longer range plans and projects. General Counsel must be able to prioritize and "juggle multiple balls" so to speak, because there often is not time to carefully analyze and research for the decisions that must be made on a daily basis.

General Counsel in Salt Lake City:
"General Counsel - Vice President."
As general counsel, it is important to have not only good legal skills, but also you are usually a member of upper management. It is imperative to understand the legal and business needs of the business and to be an active participant in resolving problems and building the business. This requires general counsel to take a proprietary interest in the success of the business. Also, this is a position which benefits enormous from a broad range and extended time of experience and the attendant understanding, insight and maturity. General counsel also be very good at supervising and coordinating the work of different persons and work groups both in terms of day-to-day business and longer range plans and projects. General counsel must be able to prioritize and "juggle multiple balls" so to speak, because there often is not time to carefully analyze and research for the decisions that must be made on a daily basis.

General Counsel in Washington:
"Promote yourself."
Need to promote self and a coo polish, wants to senior managements.

General Counsel in New York:
"Be diplomatic."
Get to know senior management.

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Key Stats for General Counsel

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 345 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
32%

Experience Affects General Counsel Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$172,000

▼19%

▼43%

Skills That Affect General Counsel Salaries

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲27%

Corporate
▲15%




Real Estate
▲4%


National Average
$172,000



Risk Management / Risk Control
▼5%






Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 345 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%