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Prosecutor Salary

Prosecutors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K annually. Women Prosecutors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Prosecutors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$39,937 - $113,605
MEDIAN: $62,241

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National Salary Data (?
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$39,937 - $113,605  
$0.00 - $6,199  
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).
$39,073 - $113,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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.


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.

For many Prosecutors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $86K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $100K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Experience Affects Prosecutor Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.


57 %
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%