Let me reiterate, those with the highest education levels are paid dramatically less according to Congress' own study. The problem is even worst than what their studies show. Consider for example experienced federal prosecutors who are capped out. These are people who should not even be compared to all lawyers, but rather, should be compared to only those with 15 + years experience and scores of trials involving complex litigation. These lawyers are paid a third of less of what their private sector counterparts get paid. Do we really want our government's most important trials handled by bonehead lawyers? Same with surgeon specialists who work for the government. They're not paid near as much the private sector.