Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salary

Compensation for VPs and General Counsels in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($166K). Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male VPs and General Counsels who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. The majority of VPs and General Counsels claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$90,582 - $238,228
$91K
$170K
$240K
MEDIAN: $167,078
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$0$284K
Salary $90,582 - $238,228
Bonus $4,960 - $92,110
Profit Sharing $5,000
Commission $27,500
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$98,216 - $284,173
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 100

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Job Description for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Vice presidents and general counsel are responsible for overseeing ongoing tasks within a company and providing assistance and resolving problems as they arise. They may also be in charge of directing and overseeing smaller teams of employees as they work on individual projects.

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Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Tasks

  • Lead and financially manage the legal/compliance department of the organization.
  • Select and manage external legal counsel as needed.
  • Oversee all litigation and regulatory filings, both new and ongoing.
  • Report on legal standing, audits, and compliance matters regularly and when special needs arise.
  • Provide legal counsel to executives and internal teams for documents and strategies.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel


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For VPs and General Counsels who go on to become Senior Vice President & General Counsels, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Senior Vice President & General Counsel earns $203K annually.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel


Survey results imply that VPs and General Counsels put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Intellectual Property, Litigation Case Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Compliance and Contract Negotiation. For most people, competency in Contract Negotiation indicates knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP).

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Pay by Experience for a Vice President (VP) & General Counsel has a positive trend. An entry-level Vice President (VP) & General Counsel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Vice President (VP) & 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 $147,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Vice President (VP) & General Counsel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $183,000 based on 44 salaries. A Vice President (VP) & 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 $199,000 based on 36 salaries.

Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Vice President (VP) & General Counsel?

Vice President (VP) & General Counsel in Carlsbad:
"On Being General Counsel."
Pros: Being a memeber of Sr. Mgmt.
Cons: My time is not my own.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP) & General Counsel

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$181,000

▼18%

▼42%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP) & General Counsel Salaries

Intellectual Property (IP)
▲4%

Litigation Case Management
▼0%

National Average
$181,000

Regulatory Compliance
▼4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%
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