Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Public Defender is $61,005
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Public Defenders?
An entry-level Public Defender with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,987 based on 15 salaries. An early career Public Defender with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,005 based on 59 salaries. A mid-career …Read more
What Do Public Defenders Do?
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.
Public defenders are required to appear in court to represent clients and often manage several trials at once. They should investigate …Read more
- 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.