District Attorney Salary

The average District Attorney in the United States earns approximately $71K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of District Attorneys (52 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for District Attorneys is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$49,117 - $127,017
MEDIAN: $71,455

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$49,117 - $127,017  
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$49,207 - $148,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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.


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

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

District Attorneys with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $67K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $76K on average. District Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. District Attorneys who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $100K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.


52 %
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 98% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 2%