The average Prosecutor in the United States earns approximately $66K annually. Though the majority of Prosecutors do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Male Prosecutors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.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
Pay by Experience for a Prosecutor has a positive trend. An entry-level Prosecutor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 66 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Prosecutor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Prosecutor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 22 salaries. A Prosecutor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 12 salaries.
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