Public Defender Salary in the US

$62,300
per year
per month
$5,190
per month
per year
Bonus
$5,400/year
Bonus
$450/month

Public Defender - Average Salary

The average salary for a Public Defender is $62,300 per year ($5,190 per month), which is $8,810 (+16%) higher than the average salary in the United States.
A Public Defender can expect an average starting salary of $41,600. The highest salaries can exceed $96,480.
$41,600
Low
$62,300
Average salary
$96,480
High
$3,470
Low
$5,190
Average salary
$8,040
High
Total pay includes salary and bonus.
$0
$61,200
$122,480
Salary$41,600 - 96,480
Bonus$0 - 26,000
Total Pay$41,600 - 122,480
$0
$5,110
$10,210
Salary$3,470 - 8,040
Bonus$0 - 2,170
Total Pay$3,470 - 10,210

Public Defender Salary Range

Low
$41,600
Average salary
$62,300
Senior
$82,400
High
$96,480
Low
$3,470
Average salary
$5,190
Senior
$6,870
High
$8,040

Public Defender - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Public Defender with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $48,750 per year. A mid level Public Defender with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $54,420, while a Senior Public Defender with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $74,200. Public Defenders with more than 20 years of experience earn $82,540 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Public Defender

Late Career▲ +32%
Senior▲ +19%
Average Salary$62,300/year
Mid Level▼ -13%
Entry Level▼ -22%

Gender Breakdown

Female
43%
Male
57%

Public Defender - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Public Defender jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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