Salary comparisons in 2 counties

Salt Lake County — Career ladder-based salaries:

Entry level: $49,368 to $72,888

Two years experience: $57,096 to $84,407

Four years experience: $62,904 to $93,024

Six years experience: $69,264 to $102,522

Eight years experience: $76,344 to $112,992

District attorney: $149,232

Utah County — Career ladder-based salaries:

Entry level: $42,510 to $52,416

Level Two: $48,880 to $60,216

Level Three: $54,912 to $67,678

Level Four: $69,264 to $85,358

County attorney: $105,378

All ranges include 10 steps in between, based on years of experience. Attorneys can move levels when they meet certain requirements, regardless of what step they're on.

Amounts will increase as of Dec. 15 to reflect the transfer from retirement funds to paychecks.

Salary comparisons

Salaries for county attorney's offices across Utah in 2007:

(Qualifications for salaries differ by county, so each list is a bit different)

Davis County — Career ladder-based salaries:

Entry level: $42,473 to $62,566

Two years experience: $47,549 to $70,033

Four years experience: $53,144 to $78,291

Seven years experience: $59,613 to $87,776

Ten years experience: $63,024 to $92,830

County attorney: $134,212

All years of experience are based on criminal prosecution or defense. With a general legal background, all years of experience are increased by two and must include trial experience.

Weber County — Merit-based salaries:

New hire: $41,995

After one year: $49,941

Five years experience: $73,798

Twelve years experience: $91,561

County attorney: $105,144

Washington County — Merit-based salaries:

Entry-level attorney: $70,512

Top-tier attorney: $93,496

County attorney: $100,000

Attorneys can move up as quickly as they perform and earn good recommendations, which means salaries can vary for attorneys even with identical years of experience.