$79,701
Avg. Salary
$61.77
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,934

Bonus

$3,000

Profit Sharing

$8,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Criminal Defense Lawyer is $61.77 per hour.

The average pay for a Criminal Defense Lawyer is $79,701 per year.

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$18.57
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$61.77
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$249.17
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$46k
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$182k
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MEDIAN $79,701
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MEDIAN: $79,701
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$0$232K
Salary $46,365 - $182,070
Bonus $60.53 - $20,633
Profit Sharing $19.80 - $115,707
Commission $8,000
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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$47,870 - $232,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 258
Hourly Data $0$249
Hourly Rate $18.57 - $249
Hourly Tips $7.14
Overtime $48.41
Annual Data $0$232K
Bonus $60.53 - $20,633
Commission $8,000
Profit Sharing $19.80 - $115,707
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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$47,870 - $232,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 45

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).

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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.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Criminal Defense Lawyer

Pay by Experience for a Criminal Defense Lawyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Criminal Defense Lawyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Criminal Defense Lawyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 35 salaries. A Criminal Defense Lawyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 24 salaries.

Key Stats for Criminal Defense Lawyer

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Criminal Defense Lawyer Salaries

Experienced
▲26%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$89,000

Late-Career
▼9%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 34%