An average District Attorney in the United States can expect to take home roughly $73K 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 large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most District Attorneys. The vast majority of District Attorneys (82 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$51,870 - $130,893
$52K
$73K
$130K
MEDIAN: $73,203
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$24.79 - $45.38
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,870 - $130,893  
   
Bonus
$48.94 - $30,913  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$51,334 - $145,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.00  
   
Overtime
$47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$48.94 - $30,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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$51,334 - $145,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $73K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $71K. District Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $100K on average.

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
7%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$76,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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
7%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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