Attorney, Government Salary

An Attorney, Government earns an average salary of $82,637 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$53,945 - $136,528
MEDIAN: $82,637

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$53,818 - $137,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Job Description for Attorney, Government

Attorneys of the government work within specialized areas of law to represent the interests of local, state, or federal government bodies, and may be associated with those who assist in creating or enforcing legislation and/or regulations. Government attorneys may also serve as aides who help craft legislative language or create legally presentable reports for government agencies or the general public. Typically, government attorneys involved in law enforcement are classified as prosecutors; however, they may be involved in assisting the prosecution, even in an investigatory or evidence-discovery capacity.


Attorney, Government Tasks

  • Question witnesses, victims or others involved in the case.
  • Review reports, evidence, and conduct research.
  • Present cases in court representing the local, state or federal government.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.


41 %
59 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
5-9 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 3%