Anonymous User wrote: RedPurpleBlue wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:A) AUSA (crim)
B) 8 yrs out of law school, entering 3rd year at DOJ, former biglaw + other gov exp
C) secondary market, large district
They really stick it to AUSAs salary wise, huh? I’ve got a buddy with 4.5 years exp, fed government in a secondary market making 120k. Why are AUSA salaries so low?
At the end of the day, AUSAs are government employees. $120k isn't really that low when you realize that a US Senator/Representative makes $174k and a SCOTUS justice earns $244k. Depending on locality, an AUSA can top out at $164k. For a federal government employee, you'd make $10k less than a Senator and 2/3 of what a SCOTUS justice that is likely imminently more credentialed earns. The ceiling for government jobs just isn't that high. The president earns $400k, which is less than what a 33 year old 8th year associate would make after bonus at a market firm. Also, $120k is pretty darn good living anywhere outside of SF/NYC/and maybe a couple other northeast cities.
I was moreso commenting on how AUSA salaries are so low compared to other agencies. I mean, 4.5 years experience for $120k vs someone with 8 years experience at 106k, both being in secondary markets. I’m also pretty sure AUSAs have much more work than attorney advisors at other agencies, for the most part. Administrative practice seems to be a lot more chill.
Piggybacking on this, it is extremely unfair how AUSAs are paid in contrast with the rest of the federal government, even other prosecutors. AUSA pay is governed by the AD pay scale which are pay bands based upon years of experience in conjunction with performance appraisals. This is contrasted with the GS pay scale, which a majority of federal employees' salaries are calculated and are not tied to performance, but rather just years of experience.
For example-using this chart https://www.justice.gov/usao/career-center/salary-information/administratively-determined-pay-plan-charts
when OP came into the USAO office he had 5 years experience and thus his salary could range from 61k-93k (note this does notinclude locality pay which varies by geographic area and new hires cannot obtain maximum for their band, only with outstanding performance can that even be a consideration). For arguments sake, lets say it is the Washington DC USAO, which has a locality pay of 28.22%. The lateral AUSA would then have a salary range of 78k-119k.
Contrast that with a Main Justice prosecutor in Washington DC with the same years of experience using the GS scale: [url]https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2018/DCB.pdf
[/url] Main Justice prosecutors with 4 years experience are automatically placed at the top of the scale at GS-15. A person with OPs credentials would start at 134k. Not to mention automatic increases not tied to performance.
While both scales are capped at 164, the Main Justice prosecutor, and others with salary ladders up to 15, will reap significantly more money in the form of salary and 401k matching.
In sum, its messed up.