Monday, September 13, 2010

Federal government lawyer salaries

Factoids of the day:

(1)  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for lawyers working in the executive branch of the federal government (i.e., any lawyer working for a federal agency) is $126,080

(2)  According to the same source, this is $10,000 more than the median yearly salary for lawyers in the business of providing "legal services" (i.e., private practice). 

(3)  In 2008, the federal government employed 31,800 lawyers (more than the 31,400 tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents it employed).

(4)  Thus, by my calculation, the federal government pays about four billion dollars in lawyers' salaries every year. 

It's like I always tell people:  you can't go wrong working for the outfit that prints the money.

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