Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

Federal Public Defenders employees bring home $67K per year on average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $47K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (50 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make about $67K per year on average.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Paralegals; median pay is the highest at approximately $63K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Cisco Certified Network Associate certainly has its perks — salaries approach $67K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Network Management / Administration; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $67K annually. Spanish Language is a popular skill in the Federal Public Defenders workforce; roughly one-half of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Key skills also include Document Preparation, Legal Research, and Cisco Networking.

Benefits and Perks

Only 43 percent at Federal Public Defenders enjoy paid vacation time, and just 29 percent can take sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Federal Public Defenders provides an optional 401(k) plan, and a fair number of respondents participate. For a large number of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Some other perks are matching contributions to retirement plan.

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