The average salary for an Entry-Level Public Defender is $50,049.
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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. Public defenders are required to appear in court to represent clients and often manage several trials at once. They should investigate the…Read more
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.
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