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.
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.Read More...
Their work begins by researching and investigating specific cases. They will make contact with police, as well as any witnesses, victims, and alleged perpetrators to gather evidence which could later be used to build a case. Next, they will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the matter to be brought to court. In some cases, the process will end here; for example, if a minor crime is committed and the perpetrator confesses, the prosecutor may issue a fine and forgo a trial. If action is initiated, there will be an in-court trial in which the prosecutor must attempt to establish the suspect's guilt by presenting evidence and questioning him/her, as well as witnesses and various experts.
Prosecutors generally work in offices, the size of which may determine the nature of their work. Those who represent large municipalities may specialize in particular areas of law, such as traffic offenses, while those in smaller offices may handle all aspects of law. They frequently interact with other lawyers and government employees, as well as police and various experts of criminal justice.
Prosecutors typically work regular office hours. Like all lawyers, they are required to have completed a bachelor's degree, followed by three years of law school, and passing the bar exam administered by their state.
- Ensure that criminals are punished for their crimes by convincing judges that the criminal is guilty.
- Perform and prepare legal research and court documents to present in court.
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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.