District Attorney Salary

District Attorneys in the United States take home approximately $71K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most District Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of District Attorneys (52 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,316 - $122,696
MEDIAN: $71,213

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$49,316 - $122,696  
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$49,473 - $146,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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Job Description for District Attorney

A district attorney is the lawyer who represents a given area during the prosecution of criminal offenders within that jurisdiction. The district attorney will typically supervise a staff of assistants attorneys who assist him or her in presenting and prosecuting cases, especially in larger jurisdictions. As the lead representative and prosecutor within the jurisdiction, the attorney will typically also be in charge of employment decisions and budgeting for his or her department.


District Attorney Tasks

  • Perform and prepare legal research and court documents to present in court.
  • Ensure that criminals are punished for their crimes by convincing judges that the criminal is guilty.

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Pay by Experience Level for District Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

District Attorneys do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $69K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $74K. District Attorneys bring in $90K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $99K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


52 %
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%