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Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

The median salary at Federal Public Defenders is $67K per year. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: Federal Public Defenders
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Years of Experience

Overall, the greater share of Federal Public Defenders folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average about $45K annually.


Bringing in the most money are Legal Secretaries — their earnings average around $49K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

It pays to have a Bachelor's Degree at Federal Public Defenders — these employees make the most at approximately $78K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Document Preparation; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $49K per year. A common skill in Federal Public Defenders' work force is Filing Court Documents; a solid majority of survey participants report using it on the job.

Benefits and Perks

Though the larger part of respondents get paid time off for vacation, only about two in five respondents receive paid sick leave. To plan for old age, a strong majority of survey participants maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For a large number of respondents, benefits include health insurance, and a strong majority of workers get dental coverage, too. The list of perks also includes matching contributions to retirement plan, a casual working environment, and life insurance.

Key Stats for Federal Public Defenders


60 %
40 %
1-4 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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