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District Attorney Salary

Average District Attorneys in the United States make around $71K annually. Work is enjoyable for District Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of District Attorneys (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,304 - $124,312
(Median)
$48K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,939
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$48,304 - $124,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,602  
Profit Sharing
$565 - $6,250  
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$48,455 - $153,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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.


For many District Attorneys, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $62K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $94K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $100K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$72,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 4%
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