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Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) typically make between $60,000 and $80,000 per year, depending on the state and county they work in. This salary range is comparable to other attorneys and legal professionals. The median salary for all attorneys and legal professionals was approximately $96,000 in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
ADAs may also receive additional benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, and vacation time. These benefits can vary depending on the employer and the state.
Salary by State
Salaries for ADAs vary by state. According to the BLS, the highest-paying states for attorneys in 2019 were California, New York, and Texas, where the median salaries were $142,980, $131,490, and $129,360, respectively.
The salary for an ADA in California in 2019 was $78,620, according to the BLS. In New York, the median salary for an ADA was $72,930, and in Texas, the median salary was $70,000.
Federal District Attorney
Assistant US Attorneys, or federal district attorneys, are responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in federal court. These attorneys typically make more than ADAs in state courts. The median salary for federal prosecutors in 2019 was $117,211, according to the BLS.
Los Angeles County
In Los Angeles County, Assistant District Attorneys typically make between $62,000 and $80,000 per year, depending on experience and years of service.
The salary for ADAs in Los Angeles County is higher than other counties in California. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, ADAs in the county can make up to $120,000 per year. The most experienced attorneys may receive an additional $6,000 per year in merit pay.