Criminal Defense Lawyer Salary

A Criminal Defense Lawyer earns an average salary of $80,799 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$45,100 - $178,725
$45K
$80K
$180K
MEDIAN: $79,688
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50%
90%

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$9.86 - $456.15
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$56
$460
MEDIAN: $55.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$45,100 - $178,725  
   
Bonus
$98.48 - $19,665  
Profit Sharing
$32.97 - $84,494  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,336 - $204,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$160$320$480
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $456.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.50  
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$320K$640K$960K
Bonus
$98.48 - $19,665  
   
Profit Sharing
$32.97 - $84,494  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,336 - $204,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal defense lawyers are tasked with representing their clients in court. After conducting legal research, they must argue their client's case in front of a judge, prosecutors, and/or jury, and aspiring criminal defense lawyers must be members of the Bar in their states of employment. Employers prefer those who graduated from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

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Criminal Defense Lawyer Tasks

  • Present cases in court representing the local, state or federal government.
  • Review reports, evidence, and conduct research.
  • Question witnesses, victims or others involved in the case.

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Pay by Experience Level for Criminal Defense Lawyer

Pay by Experience for a Criminal Defense Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Criminal Defense Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Criminal Defense Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 35 salaries. A Criminal Defense Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 24 salaries.

Key Stats for Criminal Defense Lawyer

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Criminal Defense Lawyer Salaries

Experienced
▲35%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$83,000

Late-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 34%
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