District Attorney Salary

The average District Attorney in the United States earns approximately $71K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men working as District Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Women make up a slight majority of District Attorneys (50 percent) survey respondents. Most District Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,035 - $124,876
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $71,418
10%
50%
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Salary
$49,035 - $124,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,000  
Profit Sharing
$717 - $7,630  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,179 - $151,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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.

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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of District Attorneys. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $63K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $75K. District Attorneys see a median salary of $95K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $100K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 3%
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