General Counsel Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$149,000
$98,000
Min 10%
$149,000
Median 50%
$228,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Deloitte
Highest Paying City
Roseville, CA
Highest Paying State
Idaho
Average Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a general counsel make?
General Counsels in America make an average salary of $150,132 per year or $72.18 per hour. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 131,000. The top 10 percent earn over $229,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $98,000 annually. Most General Counsel jobs are in Professional companies and Health Care companies. The best states for high paying General Counsel jobs are Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Utah, and California. The typical tenure for a General Counsel is 3.4 years.
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Average General Counsel Salary By Location

The national average salary for a General Counsel in the United States is $150,132 per year or $72.18 per hour. Roseville, CA reports the highest annual salary for General Counsels at 193,561. Not only that, Roseville, CA also has an average entry-level salary of $94,000. Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Utah, and California are the top 5 highest earning states for General Counsels. Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Hawaii have the lowest reported salaries for General Counsels.
City
Average Salary

Map of General Counsel Salaries

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

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Average General Counsel Salary By Company

General Counsels report their job security as good. Just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for General Counsels are in Professional companies and Health Care companies. Companies like Deloitte or GumGum will get you the highest pay packages. Also, companies like The Marsh and American Institute of Physics pay their General Counsels very well.

Average General Counsel Pay By Industry

The type of industry that a General Counsel works in can influence their earning potential. By looking at our data, we can see that Energy companies, Retail companies, and Finance companies pay their General Counsels well. Energy companies pay their General Counsels the highest wages, averaging $170,167 per year. Retail companies and Finance companies pay well too, at $168,651 and $162,021, respectively. The average salary for General Counsels in the Manufacturing industry is lower than the rest, coming in 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 History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

General Counsel Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a General Counsel can range from $91,268 to $123,374 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Barstow Community College
General Counselor-Tenure Track
04/12/2020
$99,015
Dbpr/Office of The General Counsel/Attorney-79000461/Open Competitive
03/06/2020
$47,834
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern Califo
Deputy General Counsel or Senior Deputy General Counsel
02/20/2020
$167,107
Deputy General Counsel
02/15/2020
$151,854
General Counsel
02/14/2020
$145,000
State of Indiana
General Counsel
01/29/2020
$75,000
General Counsel
01/26/2020
$70,000
General Counsel
01/24/2020
$130,000
General Counsel
01/22/2020
$92,685
Coast Community College District
General Counsel
01/03/2020
$60,867
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