Criminal Defense Lawyer Salary

A Criminal Defense Lawyer earns an average salary of $83,531 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$39,037 - $174,111

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$39,037 - $174,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $45,371  
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$30,913 - $202,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Criminal Defense Lawyer

  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
  • Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Pay by Experience Level for Criminal Defense Lawyer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Criminal Defense Lawyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$89,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 19%
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