Lawyer, Public Interest Salary

The average salary for a Lawyer, Public Interest is $55,539 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$41,766 - $84,143
$42K
$56K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,539
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Salary
$41,766 - $84,143  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$42,079 - $83,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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Job Description for Lawyer, Public Interest

Lawyers, public interest, usually work for public interest law firms, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. They represent plaintiffs in areas such as employment discrimination, environmental issues, campaign finance issues, disability rights, and civil rights. Some law firms have special departments that handle public interest cases on a pro bono basis to improve relations with their community, in addition to their regular, for-profit cases in other areas of the law. They may represent individual plaintiffs or class actions. Some lawyers take public interest cases because they are passionate about particular legal issues, and they are concerned about justice and fairness.

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Lawyer, Public Interest Tasks

  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lawyer, Public Interest

Pay by Experience for a Lawyer, Public Interest has a positive trend. An entry-level Lawyer, Public Interest with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 32 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lawyer, Public Interest with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Lawyer, Public Interest which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 8 salaries. A Lawyer, Public Interest with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 5 salaries.

Key Stats for Lawyer, Public Interest

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Lawyer, Public Interest Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Experienced
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 8%