Average Public Defender Salary

$61,005
Avg. Base Salary (USD)
10%
$42k
MEDIAN
$61k
90%
$96k

The average salary for a Public Defender is $61,005

Base Salary
$42k - $96k
Bonus
$509 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $65
Total Pay
$43k - $104k
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What Do Public Defenders Do?

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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Job Satisfaction for Public Defender

4.4 out of 5
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Gender Breakdown

Male
60.0%
Female
40.0%
This data is based on 45 survey responses. Learn more about the gender pay gap.

Common Health Benefits

Medical

87%

Dental

72%

Vision

68%

None

12%