The switchboard operator in a Massachusetts courthouse makes more than the public defender; the janitor, more than the assistant district attorney:
(See p 22.)
Of course, only two of those people have to pay annual fees to maintain a
license to practice, and they happen to be the same two who had to
complete a four-year bachelor's degree and a three-year law degree at a
cost of several hundred thousand dollars, typically financed with
student loans bearing high interest.