District Attorney Salary

District Attorneys in the United States pull down an average of $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. Most District Attorneys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$49,035 - $129,184

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$49,035 - $129,184  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,724  
Profit Sharing
$717 - $7,630  
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$49,068 - $151,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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 a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $63K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $75K. On average, District Attorneys make $94K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 3%
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