District Attorney Salary

An average District Attorney in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K annually. Job satisfaction for District Attorneys is high. Men make up a slight majority of District Attorneys (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,132 - $124,909
(Median)
$47K
$70K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,440
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50%
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$47,132 - $124,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$565 - $6,250  
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$47,643 - $151,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $62K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $75K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, District Attorneys make a median salary of $94K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $100K.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 5%