Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

The average employee at Federal Public Defenders takes home $83K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for Federal Public Defenders employees is how long you've been working, though your job title plays a role as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Employer: Federal Public Defenders
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Legal Secretary (2)
$33,601 - $64,486  
[-]Legal Secretary (2)
Salary$34,400 - $67,829  
Total Pay$33,601 - $64,486  
[+]Private Detective or Investigator (2)
$41,228 - $178,785  
[+]Private Detective or Investigator (2)
Salary$42,086 - $118,398  
Total Pay$41,228 - $178,785  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically approximately $49K. A typical employee has 20 years or more of experience and earns $133K per year.


Across its U.S. offices, the state of Virginia pays Federal Public Defenders the most — around $133K annually on average.


Earning about $82K on average, Private Detective or Investigators receive the most money, followed by Legal Secretarys ($49K).

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Lawyers, who make $154K. The best paid folks at Federal Public Defenders have a law degree, earning approximately $154K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Document Preparation; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $49K. It's pretty common to find people here who know Filing Court Documents; a majority consider it a key competency.

Benefits and Perks

Tending toward generosity, Federal Public Defenders provides paid vacation to the vast majority of workers and sick leave to a majority of workers. Federal Public Defenders helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. For almost all employees, benefits include health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage, too. Some other advantages of working at Federal Public Defenders are a company cell phone and life insurance.

Key Stats for Federal Public Defenders


80 %
20 %
Data Not Available
1-4 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

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