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Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

Employees at Federal Public Defenders make $83K per year on average. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, what you do at the company is also reported as a secondary influence on salary at Federal Public Defenders. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

Employer: Federal Public Defenders
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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[-]Legal Secretary (2)
$32,863 - $64,626  
[-]Legal Secretary (2)
Salary$35,099 - $67,531  
Total Pay$32,863 - $64,626  
[+]Private Detective or Investigator (2)
$41,236 - $184,951  
[+]Private Detective or Investigator (2)
Salary$41,853 - $119,338  
Total Pay$41,236 - $184,951  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make around $49K. For the most part, a representative employee at Federal Public Defenders has been working for 20 years or more and makes approximately $133K annually.


Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $133K per year) in Virginia.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Private Detective or Investigators and Legal Secretarys; the former receives the highest median pay at $82K while $49K is the norm for the latter.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Lawyers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $154K. Employees who have a law degree make the most here, hauling in $154K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Document Preparation in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $49K. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Filing Court Documents; more than half deem it necessary for work.

Benefits and Perks

Almost all workers receive paid vacation, and more than half of workers can take sick days. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all workers, and a solid majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Other privileges include a subsidized cell phone and life insurance.

Key Stats

80 %
20 %
Data Not Available
1-4 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

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