According to PayScale, the average salary for a district attorney is $68,000 per year. Experience greatly affects salaries in this field. Experienced district attorneys can expect to earn approximately 36 percent more than average, while those new to the field earn about 16 percent less.
According to PayScale, as of May 2014, only 10 percent of district attorneys earn more than $120,000 per year. Glassdoor shows that district attorneys in California have the highest salaries, while those in Alabama earn the lowest pay. There are slightly more men than women in this field. District attorneys prepare legal research and court documents for court cases and prosecute criminals.