The average salary for an Early-Career Legal Counsel is $96,661.
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Job Description for Legal Counsel
Legal counsels, also called general counsels, are the chief lawyers of large corporations or government agencies. They advise departments on legal ramifications, ensure that the business is working in accordance with the law, and may represent the company or government agency in the case that a law suit is filed. Legal counsels are usually included early in any company's decision making process. This helps ensure that there will be no room for error when it comes to working within the law. This…Read more
Legal Counsel Tasks
- Advise business in legal affairs of the company including government regulations, taxes, and legal and human rights.
- Apply for registration and copyrights for the products, processes, and trademarks of the organization.
- Manage disputes and litigations.
- Prepare and review legal documents including contracts, licenses, leases, sales and purchases, and real estate, etc.
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Popular Skills for Legal Counsel
Legal Document Review
Skills in Contract Negotiation and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research, Legal Document Review and Legal Compliance.
Pay by Experience Level for Legal Counsel
An entry-level Legal Counsel with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $74,008 based on 19 salaries. A mid-career Legal Counsel with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $122,872 based on 501 salaries. An experienced Legal Counsel with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $139,372 based on 323 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $155,371.
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Employees with Legal Counsel in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 44.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (16.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (15.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Washington, District of Columbia (20.2% less) and Chicago, Illinois (13.6% less).
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