Public Defender Salary

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

$42,716 - $95,910
$43K
$59K
$96K
MEDIAN: $59,442
10%
50%
90%

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$21.50 - $61.01
$36
MEDIAN: $36.00
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$42,716 - $95,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$42,209 - $99,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$36.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
   
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).
)
$42,209 - $99,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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.

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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.

Key Stats for Public Defender

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Public Defender Salaries

Late-Career
▲56%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%
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