Average Salary for Federal Public Defenders Employees

The average Federal Public Defenders employee earns $85K annually. Though how long you've been working does impact pay, your job title is the primary influence on employee salary at Federal Public Defenders. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Federal Public Defenders Median Salary by Job


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Public Defender
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Attorney / Lawyer
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Legal Assistant
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Systems Administrator
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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18
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Years of Experience

When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (78 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $86K per year on average.


Bringing in the most money are Trial Attorneys — their earnings average about $140K annually. Attorneys are a close second at approximately $119K along with Paralegals ($63K).

Certifications and Degrees

Notary Publics receive bigger paychecks ($63K per year) than those without credentials. Federal Public Defenders compensates B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA)-holders the most at around $140K annually.


Employees who count Litigation Case Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $111K per year. Legal Research also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; the greater part of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other top skills include Cisco Networking, Network Management / Administration, and Case Management.

Benefits and Perks

A 401(k) program is available, and roughly one-half use it to save for retirement. For a large number of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and just over two-fifths of workers get dental coverage, too.

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Key Stats for Federal Public Defenders


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
10-19 years
20 years or more

Popular Locations for Federal Public Defenders

  1. Rapid City, South Dakota

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