Average Late-Career Public Defender Salary

$78,570
Avg. Base Salary (USD)
10%
$37k
MEDIAN
$79k
90%
$124k

The average salary for a Public Defender is $78,570

Base Salary
$37k - $124k
Bonus
$0 - $7k
Total Pay
$49k - $191k
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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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Gender Breakdown

Male
60.0%
Female
40.0%
This data is based on 5 survey responses. Learn more about the gender pay gap.

Common Health Benefits

Medical

63%

Dental

50%

Vision

50%

None

38%