Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

An average Federal Public Defenders employee can expect to make $68K annually. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Years of Experience

Overall, the greater share of Federal Public Defenders folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average around $76K per year.


Attorneys are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $119K annually; Paralegals also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $63K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Cisco Certified Network Associates are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $67K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Federal Public Defenders awards $97K to these degree-holders.


In this position, it pays to have Litigation Case Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $111K per year. Folks here also tend to know Legal Research; on the survey, a majority of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Spanish Language, Case Management, and Client Interaction.

Benefits and Perks

A 401(k) program is available, and a solid majority of employees use it to save for retirement. At Federal Public Defenders, close to one-half have health insurance, and around half have dental coverage.

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Key Stats for Federal Public Defenders


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50 %
1-4 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

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