Assistant United States Attorney

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An Assistant United States Attorney (also known as AUSA) is an attorney employed by the federal government of the United States and working under the supervision of a United States Attorney.[1] In 2008, there were approximately 5,300 Assistant United States Attorneys employed by the U.S. Government.[2] As of 2014 they earned a starting salary of $50,287.[3]


Assistant United States Attorneys working in a criminal division generally handle large case loads, however, as most federal prosecutions end in plea bargains, they will typically only try between two and six cases annually.[4]

Special Assistant United States Attorneys are unpaid volunteers; the positions carry the same duties as Assistant United States Attorneys but are aimed at young lawyers seeking "professional credibility".[5][6]


  1. ^ "ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Richman, Daniel. "Political Control of Federal Prosecutions – Looking Back And Looking Forward". Columbia Law School. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Reid, Stephanie. "The Role of the Assistant U.S. Attorney". The Role of the Assistant U.S. Attorney. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Baranouski, Elise. "The Fast Track to a U.S. Attorney's Office" (PDF). Harvard Law School. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Danzig, Christopher (January 26, 2012). "The DOJ Wants You, Experienced Attorneys — To Work for Free". Above the Law. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Davidson, Joe (July 18, 2013). "'Special' assistant U.S. attorneys work for free". Washington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2018.