Top-paying U.S. law firms are now offering starting salaries of $190,000, after a recent wave of raises. But the latest data on public sector lawyer pay shows starting salaries of less than a third that amount.
The median entry-level salary is $56,200 for a local prosecutor, and $58,300 for public defenders, according to the National Association for Law Placement, which released its 2018 Public Service Attorney Salary Survey earlier this month.
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