For attorneys, the Attorney General’s Office offers a salary that is commensurate with one’s experience level in the practice of law. The applicant will be offered a determined salary at the time the candidate is referred for a final interview. Salary increases for attorney staff are dependent upon specific legislative funding. The Office of the Attorney General does not have a salary schedule nor any other type of automatic salary increase. Effective July 1, 2011, the salaries of attorney staff are subject to a temporary 3% salary reduction for the 2011-2013 biennium as required by ESSB 5860. This temporary reduction is scheduled to expire on June 29, 2013.
The Washington State Attorney General's Office is a public sector/governmental law employer. As such, an attorney working for it may be eligible to participate in various Loan Assistance Repayment Programs (LRAPs). Applicants who wish to pursue student loan forgiveness and loan assistance through such programs are strongly encouraged to contact their law school or the Washington State Bar Foundation for eligibility information. In addition, The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a new public service loan forgiveness program. This program discharges any remaining debt after 10 years of full-time employment in public service. The following sites contain helpful information about this Act: FinAid and Equal Justice Works
The AGO also offers its full-time attorney staff an array of benefits including, but not limited to, medical and dental, sick and vacation leave, retirement, dependent care assistance, paid holidays, to name but a few. The Office also features a nationally regarded and ambitious training program that can satisfy one’s Continuing Legal Education licensing requirements.
To support our new attorneys, we invite all Assistant Attorneys Generals to participate in the AGO Attorney Mentorship Program. Seasoned attorneys are matched with new hires and meet individually and in a large group, three times a year. Topics range from establishing career direction, understanding office policies, to managing complex litigation calendars. Meetings are informal, confidential and welcoming. The AGO Mentor Program is supported and encouraged office-wide, as an excellent way for new attorneys to establish long term relationships with other attorneys across the state.
Under its performance management program, the Attorney General’s Office conducts an enhanced system of performance evaluations of all permanent employees and will provide recognition awards to attorneys and staff who meet or exceed specific award criteria, encouraging a high-level of accountability and productivity. "Performance management aligns each individual’s performance with the AGO’s mission, vision, values and goals, providing a clear link for employees to see how their work contributes to the success of the agency,” Attorney General Rob McKenna has said. The performance management process includes detailed job descriptions, work goals and employee evaluations to achieve a performance-based culture. Recognition awards can take the form of additional pay or time off, both of which are subject to available funding and is not guaranteed.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is Recognized for Achievement in Establishing Healthy Worksite Culture. In July 2011, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) achieved the Platinum Level of Washington Wellness Worksite designation, reflecting the AGO's high level of commitment to improving employee health and health-related performance in the organization. For more information about the Washington Wellness Worksite program, visit the Washington Wellness Website.
Links to state employee benefits include:
Health care options: http://www.hca.wa.gov
Retirement benefits: http://www.drs.wa.gov/maintenance/links/relatedlinks.htm
General link to state employment in Washington: http://www.careers.wa.gov