Public Defender Salary

A Public Defender earns an average salary of $59,441 per year.

$40,956 - $95,402
$41K
$60K
$95K
MEDIAN: $60,163
10%
50%
90%

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$21.50 - $61.00
$27
MEDIAN: $27.00
50%

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$0$98K
Salary $40,956 - $95,402
Bonus $0.00 - $8,877
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$41,044 - $98,545
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 132
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $27.00
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,877
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$41,044 - $98,545
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

Job Description for Public Defender

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.

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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.

Public Defender Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Public Defender

Pay by Experience for a Public Defender has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Defender with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Defender with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Public Defender which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 30 salaries. A Public Defender with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 19 salaries.

Public Defender Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Public Defender?

Public Defender in Greenville:
"Great."
Pros: Good. Not so good. Good is Good, not good.
Cons: Bad. Not so bad. Bad is bad. Not bad.

Key Stats for Public Defender

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Public Defender Salaries

Late-Career
▲56%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 12%