Work at the DMV or Go to Law School?

U.S.A Today is reporting that:
State and local government workers now earn an average of $39.50 per hour in total compensation, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Private workers earn an average of $26.09 an hour.
That comes to approximately $80,000 a year, pre-tax, for an average employee in state and local governments. I would like to see what the median salary is (one would hope it's substantially lower), but still, this number is astonishing. To give you a reference point, the median salary for an attorney with less than five years of experience is only $64,358.