$155,044
Avg. Salary
$96.12
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$20,778

Bonus

$9,693

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Counsel is $96.12 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Counsel is $155,044 per year.

10%
$27.40
10%
$96.12
50%
$280.85
90%
90%
MEDIAN $96.12
10%
$104k
10%
$155k
50%
$202k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $155,044
$104,073 - $202,346
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MEDIAN: $155,044
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$27.40 - $281
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$96
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MEDIAN: $96.12
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$0$233K
Salary $104,073 - $202,346
Bonus $4,951 - $45,338
Profit Sharing $991 - $24,684
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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$110,613 - $233,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,041
Hourly Data $0$280
Hourly Rate $27.40 - $281
Overtime $26.00
Annual Data $0$233K
Bonus $4,951 - $45,338
Profit Sharing $991 - $24,684
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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$110,613 - $233,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

Job Description for Senior Counsel

A senior counsel is responsible for handling various legal matters inside a law firm or, in some cases, in businesses. Their specific tasks may vary depending on the needs of their organization and their specialty. Generally, they must be able to apply complex legal strategy to the specific needs and requirements of their clients and/or organization. They may also mentor other attorneys and work extensively with internal teams on their needs. Other tasks completed by the senior counsel might include working with clients, creating legal strategies catering to clients' needs, and providing legal advice as required. For example, they may give advice related to land and contracts and help develop contracts for these matters as well. The senior counsel must be skilled in effectively conducting research and resolving legal disputes.

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Senior Counsel Tasks
  • Prepare, negotiate, and review all contracts involving sales, rebates, research and consulting, and more.
  • Provide support for bid responses and negotiations.
  • Provide support in the creation and approval of product marketing goods.

Common Career Paths for Senior Counsel


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As Senior Counsels make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Deputy General Counsel position pays around the same amount as the Senior Counsel job on average. Senior Counsels most frequently advance into Assistant General Counsel and Associate General Counsel roles even though the median salaries are $31K lower and $31K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Counsel


Senior Counsels seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Corporate, Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 17 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, and Litigation Case Management. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know Intellectual Property (IP) and Complex Litigation Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Counsel

Pay by Experience for a Senior Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $126,000 based on 24 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Counsel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $155,000 based on 173 salaries. An experienced Senior Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $169,000 based on 259 salaries. A Senior Counsel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $180,000 based on 70 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $172,564

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

For Senior Counsels, working in the bustling city of Princeton has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Counsels will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+23 percent), Palo Alto (+17 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Counsel's salary, with Kansas City Senior Counsels earning salaries that are 40 percent less than the national average. Employers in Miami and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Counsel

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
19%

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Experience Affects Senior Counsel Salaries

▲4%

National Average
$173,000

▼2%

▼10%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Senior Counsel Salaries

Corporate
▲19%

Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) Experience
▲13%

Insurance
▲11%

privacy
▲10%

Mergers and Acquisitions
▲6%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲2%

Real Estate
▼0%

National Average
$173,000

Contract Negotiation
▼4%


Legal Compliance
▼5%





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 7%