Prosecutors in the United States take home approximately $66K per year on average. Though the majority of Prosecutors do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Men make up a slight majority of Prosecutors (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,323 - $118,262
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MEDIAN: $65,923
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,323 - $118,262  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$203.47  
Total Pay (?
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$47,067 - $119,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$35.00  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$290.87 - $20,608  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47  
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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$47,067 - $119,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Prosecutor

Prosecutors, or prosecuting attorneys, are licensed lawyers who appear in courts of law on behalf of the government. They may represent the United States or work at a state or local level, and their cases are usually against people accused of illegal activity.

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Prosecutor 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 Prosecutor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Prosecutors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $56K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $68K. Prosecutors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $93K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $115K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Prosecutor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$67,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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