Prosecutor Salary

Prosecutors in the United States pull down an average of $66K annually. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Prosecutors making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Prosecutors is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$46,821 - $114,560
MEDIAN: $66,166

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$43,847 - $115,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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.

Prosecutors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $53K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. Prosecutors see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $103K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Prosecutor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


49 %
51 %

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: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%