District Attorney Salary

Average District Attorneys in the United States make around $71K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most District Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Male District Attorneys are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,998 - $128,785
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$130K
MEDIAN: $71,297
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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Salary
$48,998 - $128,785  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,228  
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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$49,111 - $150,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $62K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $75K. District Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. District Attorneys with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

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
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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