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2018 Public Service Attorney Salary Report

2018 Public Service Attorney Salary Report

NALP, 2018.

NALP’s Public Service Attorney Salary Report is based on a nationwide survey conducted by NALP among civil legal services organizations, offices of public defenders, local prosecuting attorneys, and public interest organizations, and provides salary information for both entry-level and experienced attorneys at public interest organizations as of January 1, 2018.  A total of 347 organizations participated in the survey. The figures reflect salaries of attorneys whose positions involve primarily law practice and not organizational management.

Different stakeholders in the public service legal community may use this report for many different reasons: to set salary scales, to negotiate compensation structures with unionized attorneys, to lobby government funding appropriators or charitable funders for additional resources, to educate law students about public service careers, and so forth.

For the first time in 2018, the Public Service Attorney Salary Report is available as an interactive web tool, which includes a series of visualizations that readers will be able to modify to meet their needs. These visualizations include tools for comparing salaries across geographic regions, salaries across different types of organizations, and salaries reported in 2018 with those reported in response to the 2014 survey, meaning that the online version of the report is equivalent to purchasing both the 2018 report and the 2014 report. This new way of presenting the research will bring the survey data and the research findings to life for users in a more engaging fashion.

*NOTE* This Report is available for FREE to PSJD Subscribers — if you are a student or graduate of one of PSJD’s subscriber schools you can create an account on and view the report without purchase. Get started at

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