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What is the average yearly salary for a district attorney/lawyer?

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I have been considering going into the law field for quiet some time now, I was curious how much some makes. Is it enough to financially support a family and also have enough for bills? #law-practice

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Kim’s Answer

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Lilli,


I cannot directly answer this question, however, I am writing in hopes that you will clarify it, so others may give you an answer.


There are a couple more pieces of information that would help us give you a better answer. Where do you intend to live/practice law? It costs a lot more to live in certain areas, but wages also tend to be higher in some of those places. What type of law do you want to practice? A district attorney prosecutes criminals on behalf of the state. Lawyers, in general can practice anywhere from a non-profit to entertainment law, solo or as part of a firm.


Additionally, a lot will depend on your standard of living. Are you more modest or extravagant? Do you have to have designer labels, a new sports car every couple of years, and a mansion, or can you live more modestly? Will your children go to public schools or private? Standard of living is extremely important when figuring all this out. As a lawyer, you may need to present a certain image, so, even if you want to live a modest lifestyle, you may need to spend more as pertains to certain things.


Please clarify your question. Best of luck!

Kim



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R’s Answer

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In California, the typical first year DDA makes between $60,000 - $70,000. Some counties pay a first year DDA $100,000. The pay really depends on the cost of living for that specific county.


Yes, District Attorneys can make enough money to raise a family and pay the bills. The county ensures that their employees are in a good position--especially when you consider health, dental, retirement benefits.


Just note, everything is relative. With a law degree, you can easily make more money working in the private sector; your heart should decide what job to pick.


Good luck!

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