The sticklers among you object to our using the cute pun “Skaddenfreude” to refer to our compensation coverage. After all, there’s really no “taking malicious satisfaction in another person’s troubles” when reading this column (unless you take perverse pleasure in thinking about how hard Biglaw attorneys must work for their six-figure salaries).
If you’re one of these sticklers, then you may be gratified by this Miami Herald article on lawyer salaries, which truly DOES capture schadenfreude. Its full title: “In debt, young lawyers struggle to make it: Young prosecutors and assistant public defenders are struggling to pay for even the bare necessities.”
If you’re an associate at a large law firm, bitter because your firm pays a below-market bonus, stop whining. Things could be much worse. Consider these stories:
For Allison Haney, it’s a good thing Publix takes credit cards. By the end of the month, she often doesn’t have enough money left from her salary as a prosecutor to buy food.
Ayana Harris turns to Mom and Dad for help with the basics every month, and knows her parents will have to chip in even more when the brakes in her car go, or the dog needs to go to the vet. As an assistant public defender, she’s also strapped for cash each month.
Jeez, this is depressing. Skaddenfreude, indeed.
In debt, young lawyers struggle to make it [Miami Herald]