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General Counsel Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$149,000
$98,000
$149,000
$228,000
General counsels in the United States make an average salary of $150,132 per year or $72.18 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $98,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $229,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Utah, and California provide the highest general counsel salaries.
Best Paying Cities
New York, NY
$146,733
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Map of General Counsel Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where General Counsels earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average General Counsel Salary By Location

While a general counsel can average a salary of $150,132 per year, or $72.18 per hour, there are many opportunities for general counsels to make more. For example, in Roseville, CA you might make $193,561 per year. Other high-paying locations include Vancouver, WA, New York, NY and Boulder, CO. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Roseville, CA where the average starting salary is $94,000. The highest paying states for general counsels include Idaho, Washington and Alaska. Meanwhile, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Roseville, CA
Roseville, CA
$193,561
$194k
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA
$157,668
$158k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$146,733
$147k
Boulder, CO
Boulder, CO
$145,312
$145k
Bristol, CT
Bristol, CT
$143,706
$144k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$139,407
$139k
Alexandria, VA
Alexandria, VA
$134,586
$135k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$133,739
$134k
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
$133,698
$134k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$132,393
$132k

High Paying General Counsel Jobs

Average General Counsel Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Deloitte and GumGum as they offer the highest salaries for general counsels.

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General Counsel Salary History

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    Average General Counsel Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, general counsel salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that energy, retail, and finance companies tend to offer much higher salaries for general counsels. For example, general counsels make a whopping average salary of $170,167 while working for energy companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $168,651 at retail companies and $162,021 at finance companies. But general counsels may want to avoid working in the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $139,226.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Energy
    Energy
    $170,167
    $170k
    Retail
    Retail
    $168,651
    $169k
    Finance
    Finance
    $162,021
    $162k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $160,882
    $161k
    Government
    Government
    $157,483
    $157k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $139,226
    $139k

    General Counsel Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a general counsel can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added General Counsel Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    General Counsel-Deo
    General Counsel-Deo
    General Counsel-Deo
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $90,000
    $90,000
    10/23/2020
    General Counsel-Deo
    General Counsel-Deo
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $90,000
    $90,000
    10/23/2020
    City of Santa Monica, Ca
    City of Santa Monica, Ca
    General Counsel
    General Counsel
    General Counsel
    Santa Monica, CA
    Santa Monica, CA
    10/16/2020
    10/16/2020
    $172,044
    $172,044
    10/16/2020
    General Counsel
    General Counsel
    Lafayette, CA
    Lafayette, CA
    10/16/2020
    10/16/2020
    $150,000
    $150,000
    10/16/2020
    City of Santa Monica, Ca
    City of Santa Monica, Ca
    General Counsel
    General Counsel
    General Counsel
    Santa Monica, CA
    Santa Monica, CA
    09/02/2020
    09/02/2020
    $172,044
    $172,044
    09/02/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Deputy General Counsel
    Deputy General Counsel
    Deputy General Counsel
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    08/25/2020
    08/25/2020
    $64,534
    $64,534
    08/25/2020
    Deputy General Counsel
    Deputy General Counsel
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    08/25/2020
    08/25/2020
    $64,534
    $64,534
    08/25/2020
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Counselor (Female Services)-General Population Services
    Counselor (Female Services)-General Population Services
    Counselor (Female Services)-General Population Services
    Framingham, MA
    Framingham, MA
    08/22/2020
    08/22/2020
    $40,000
    $40,000
    08/22/2020
    General Counsel
    General Counsel
    Cope, SC
    Cope, SC
    08/18/2020
    08/18/2020
    $60,344
    $60,344
    08/18/2020
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    General Counsel II-Litigation Support
    General Counsel II-Litigation Support
    General Counsel II-Litigation Support
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    08/04/2020
    08/04/2020
    $97,375
    $97,375
    08/04/2020