Criminal Defense Lawyer Salary

A Criminal Defense Lawyer earns an average salary of $82,424 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$38,916 - $174,654
(Median)
$39K
$82K
$170K
MEDIAN: $82,424
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$38,916 - $174,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,832  
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$30,767 - $203,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 68%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$88,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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