Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Public Defender make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$105,737 / yrTotal Pay
$96,226 / yrBase Pay
$9,512 / yrAdditional Pay

$105,737

 / yr
$67K$168K
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How much does a Public Defender make?

The estimated total pay for a Public Defender is $105,737 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $96,226 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $9,512 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Some related job titles are Assistant Public Defender Salaries with median pay of $80,289.

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Maryland Office of the Public Defender
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$91,080

 / yr

$109,418

 / yr

$107,020

 / yr

$104,241

 / yr

$97,194

 / yr

$80,890

 / yr

$132,789

 / yr

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$98,514

 / yr

$92,815

 / yr

$119,380

 / yr

$92,200

 / yr

$97,520

 / yr

$82,971

 / yr

$110,730

 / yr

$96,337

 / yr

$45

 / hr

$82,803

 / yr

$81,418

 / yr

$39

 / hr

$86,497

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Top Paying Industries

For a Public Defender in United States

The top paying industry for a Public Defender in United States is Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $91,080.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$91,080

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Government & Public Administration

The top paying company in Government & Public Administration for Public Defender is Maryland Office of the Public Defender.

Maryland Office of the Public DefenderMaryland Office of the Public Defender$91,080/yr

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What is the pay outlook for Legal?

The legal field is expected to see continued demand to meet increased regulatory and tax compliance needs in the future. Employees will increasingly work with artificial intelligence and automated services, with workers shifting towards advisory roles rather than document review. Companies are expected to shift more work to in-house legal staff and away from law firm partnerships due to the high cost of outside counsel. Most work in the field requires higher education and offers above-median pay.

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Public Heath Sanitarian

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$45,000

/yr

Submitted 6 days ago

1-3 years
6 days ago
Public Defender

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$91,000

/yr

Submitted 8 days ago

15+ years
8 days ago
Public Servant

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$75,000

/yr

Submitted 10 days ago

15+ years
10 days ago
Public Heath Sanitarian

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$65,000

/yr

Submitted 13 days ago

1-3 years
13 days ago
Public Heath

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$70,000

/yr

Submitted 16 days ago

1-3 years
16 days ago
Public Address Announcer

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$48

/hr

Submitted 18 days ago

7-9 years
18 days ago
Public Realtions

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$24

/hr

Submitted 19 days ago

1-3 years
19 days ago
Marion County Public Defender Agency

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$70,750

/yr

Submitted 23 days ago

1-3 years
23 days ago

Public Defender pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Public Defender is $96,226 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Public Defender salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 79 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Public Defender employees.

The highest salary for a Public Defender in United States is $150,587 per year.

The lowest salary for a Public Defender in United States is $61,488 per year.

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