Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

A salary of $85K annually is the median rate at Federal Public Defenders. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Federal Public Defenders employees (78 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn approximately $86K per year on average.


The highest average salaries go to Trial Attorneys, who bring in close to about $140K annually, though Attorneys are not far behind at around $119K along with Paralegals earning $63K.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Notary Publics, who make $63K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Paralegal Certificate Holder is rewarded with median pay of $54K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Federal Public Defenders pays those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) the most — approximately $140K.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Litigation Case Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $111K per year. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Legal Research; a majority deem it necessary for work. Employees also tend to know Spanish Language, Client Interaction, and Case Management.

Benefits and Perks

For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Federal Public Defenders provides an optional 401(k) plan, and the larger part of workers participate. For a strong majority of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and nearly one in three workers get dental coverage, too. A few more workplace perks are life insurance.

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Key Stats for Federal Public Defenders


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57 %

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
1-4 years
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