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District Attorney Salary (United States)

Median pay for District Attorneys in the United States is around $70K annually. The majority of District Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women District Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Men working as District Attorneys who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
District Attorney Salary (?
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$46,791 - $123,887
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $70,000
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National Salary Data

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$46,791 - $123,887  
   
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$0.00 - $25,000  
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).
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$47,936 - $150,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $60K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. District Attorneys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. District Attorneys with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $100K.
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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 31%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$71,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%