Average Entry-Level Public Defender Salary

$50,049
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$251
Bonus
$0
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Public Defender is $50,049.
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$40k
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$50k
90%
$69k
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$40k - $69k
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$40k - $69k

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Job Description for Public Defender

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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Pay by Experience Level for Public Defender

An early career Public Defender with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $51,787 based on 88 salaries. A mid-career Public Defender with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,973 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Public Defender with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,709 based on 39 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $77,740.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 192 survey responses.
Early Career
45.8%
Mid Career
18.8%
Experienced
20.3%
Late Career
15.1%

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