Public Defender Salary

A Public Defender earns an average salary of $59,441 per year.

$41,119 - $93,777
$41K
$59K
$94K
MEDIAN: $58,838
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50%
90%

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$12.08 - $72.98
$12
$32
$73
MEDIAN: $31.50
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50%
90%

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$0$98K
Salary $41,119 - $93,777
Bonus $0.00 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $1,455
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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$41,214 - $98,664
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $12.08 - $72.98
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $1,455
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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$41,214 - $98,664
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Public Defender

Public defenders are lawyers who represent individual defendants for cases ranging from felonies and misdemeanors to traffic cases. Usually, a person must prove to the court the inability to pay a lawyer’s fees, and so the lawyer is paid by the government either as a regular employee or on a per-case basis depending on the needs of the state or municipality.

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Public Defender Tasks

  • Represent clients in cases involving felony or misdemeanor charges, delinquent youth, mental health or disability issues, and abuse or neglect.
  • Conduct research using law libraries or computer databases and develop strategic plans.
  • Draft legal documents and advise clients on legal matters.

Public Defender Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Public Defender

Pay by Experience for a Public Defender has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Defender with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Defender with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Public Defender which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 30 salaries. A Public Defender with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 19 salaries.

Public Defender Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Public Defender?

Public Defender in Greenville:
"Great."
Pros: Good. Not so good. Good is Good, not good.
Cons: Bad. Not so bad. Bad is bad. Not bad.

Key Stats for Public Defender

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Public Defender Salaries

Late-Career
▲59%

Experienced
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲16%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%
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