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District Attorney Salary

District Attorneys in the United States can expect wages of $71K annually on average. Most District Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male District Attorneys making up 52 percent of survey respondents.

$48,204 - $124,876
(Median)
$48K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,812
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,204 - $124,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,602  
Profit Sharing
$565 - $6,250  
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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$48,350 - $153,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $76K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, District Attorneys make a median salary of $94K. 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 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
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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