District Attorney Salary

Median pay for District Attorneys in the United States is around $71K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most District Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women make up a slight majority of District Attorneys (52 percent) survey respondents.

$49,316 - $122,696
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $71,213
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Salary
$49,316 - $122,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $44,385  
Profit Sharing
$6,250  
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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.

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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.


District Attorneys with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $69K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $74K. District Attorneys see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $99K.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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