The average salary for a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Canada is C$69,951.
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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). Some employers may promote interns from within an organization to become criminal defense lawyer…Read more
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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Popular Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyer
Litigation Case Management
Skills in Public Speaking, Negotiation and Litigation Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Defense Systems and Criminal.
Pay by Experience Level for Criminal Defense Lawyer
An entry-level Criminal Defense Lawyer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$54,438 based on 9 salaries. An early career Criminal Defense Lawyer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$59,506 based on 61 salaries. A mid-career Criminal Defense Lawyer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$90,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$114,783 based on 14 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$117,000.
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Employees with Criminal Defense Lawyer in their job title in London, Ontario earn an average of 25.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Toronto, Ontario (23.6% more) and Calgary, Alberta (0.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Montréal, Québec (41.8% less), Ottawa, Ontario (21.4% less) and Edmonton, Alberta (12.2% less).
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