The average District Attorney in the United States earns approximately $74K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of District Attorneys (83 percent) who took the survey. Most District Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$50,928 - $143,583
(Median)
$51K
$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,605
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,928 - $143,583  
   
Bonus
$48.48 - $30,913  
Profit Sharing
$6,750  
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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$50,657 - $149,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$36.00  
   
Overtime
$47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$48.48 - $30,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,750  
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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$50,657 - $149,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $73K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $72K. For District Attorneys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. District Attorneys who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $100K.

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Experience Affects District Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

National Average
$75,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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