District Attorney Salary

District Attorneys in the United States take home an average $73K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most District Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of District Attorneys are male.

$51,621 - $127,955
$52K
$73K
$130K
MEDIAN: $73,020
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50%
90%

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$25.21 - $45.78
$38
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,621 - $127,955  
   
Bonus
$48.48 - $31,094  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$51,526 - $144,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.00  
   
Overtime
$60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$48.48 - $31,094  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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).
)
$51,526 - $144,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for District Attorney

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $73K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $71K. District Attorneys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $92K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $100K.

Key Stats for District Attorney

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
▲32%

Experienced
▲22%

National Average
$76,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Mid-Career
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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