Entry-Level Public Attorneys Poorly Compensated
File this one under “No surprise”
Entry-level attorneys in the public sector can expect to make less than half as much as their counterparts at private law firms, according to a new report. The median entry-level salary for public defenders nationwide is about $47,000, and $75,000 for public defenders with 11 to 15 years of experience. Compensation is similar for prosecuting attorneys. And entry-level attorneys at public interest organizations that focus on specific issues can expect starting salaries of $41,000.