Assistant Attorney General Salary
Assistant Attorney Generals in the United States take home approximately $73K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Attorney Generals, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Assistant Attorney Generals (56 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Assistant Attorney General
Attorney generals are attorneys who work on behalf of the United States government. Assistant attorney generals work under the supervision of attorney generals, undertaking a similar range of job duties. The office of the attorney general handles high-profile criminal cases, large law suits regarding environmental issues, and civil cases filed against the state or federal government. In preparation for these cases, assistant attorney generals attend coordination meetings with the attorney general and other members of the attorney general's office.Read More...
Oftentimes, assistant attorney generals are given a specific aspect of a case to work on, such as performing legal research for an issue or providing advice and recommendations to the attorney general. In legal cases, assistants appear in court alongside the attorney general. In some cases, they may appear on behalf of the attorney general. For cases made against the government, assistants are often the first point of contact for the involved governor or president. They can also approve or decline legal processes, such as providing search warrants for police or authorizing surveillance of suspects within a case.
Assistant attorney generals work within an office setting. Their hours usually meet regular office standards, but it's not uncommon for them to work overtime during evenings and weekends. They are required to communicate with many people during their workday, including attorney generals, clients, and members of Congress. Their work is non-physical, but it requires writing, editing, and computer use. They are required to hold a law degree and be licensed in their state of employment.
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Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Attorney General
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Assistant Attorney Generals with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $66K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. Assistant Attorney Generals who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $96K.