Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

Federal Public Defenders pays its employees $89K per year on average. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: Federal Public Defenders
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[-]Legal Secretary (2)
$31,387 - $64,063  
[-]Legal Secretary (2)
Salary$34,749 - $66,064  
Total Pay$31,387 - $64,063  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $49K annually. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of about $133K per year.


Earning $49K annually on average, Legal Secretaries receive the most money.

Certifications and Degrees

The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor's Degree; Federal Public Defenders awards $78K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Filing Court Documents; 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 Document Preparation; the larger part of survey participants report using it on the job.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates a solid majority of employees for vacation days, it only pays one-half of survey participants for sick time. A 401(k) program is available, and a fair number of respondents use it to save for retirement. For the vast majority of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of respondents get dental coverage, too. The company also dishes out perks such as matching contributions to retirement plan and a casual working environment.

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 2 votes.
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