Public Defender Salaries

Updated Jan 6, 2022

Industry

Employer Size

Experience

$69,040 /yr
Average Base Pay

59 salaries

$42K

Low

$69K

Average

$115K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

How much does a Public Defender make?

How much does a Public Defender make? The national average salary for a Public Defender is $69,040 in United States. Filter by location to see Public Defender salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 59 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Public Defender employees.

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$62,488

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State of Montana
3.9

State of Montana

Public Defender

$88,770

 /yr
Range: $86K - $94K
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$86K

$94K

$85,881 - $94,058 Range

Maryland Office of the Public Defender
4.1

Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Public Defender

$81,892

 /yr
Range: $81K - $82K

$81K

$82K

$81,441 - $82,343 Range

Legal Aid Society
4.1

Legal Aid Society

Public Defender

$87,000

 /yr
Range: $78K - $89K

$78K

$89K

$77,542 - $88,641 Range

State of South Carolina
3.2

State of South Carolina

Public Defender
About 

$67K -$73K

$67K

$73K

$67,072 - $72,616 Range

State of Wisconsin
3.6

State of Wisconsin

Public Defender
About 

$106K -$114K

$106K

$114K

$105,996 - $114,319 Range

County of Santa Barbara
3.5

County of Santa Barbara

Public Defender
About 

$100K -$108K

$100K

$108K

$100,342 - $107,816 Range

Fort Bend County, TX
3.3

Fort Bend County, TX

Public Defender - Monthly
About 

$5K -$8K

$5K

$8K

$4,869 - $8,451 Range

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Shasta County
3.3

Shasta County

Public Defender
About 

$83K -$89K

$83K

$89K

$82,882 - $88,954 Range

Tulare County
3.2

Tulare County

Public Defender
About 

$119K -$129K

$119K

$129K

$119,105 - $128,748 Range

County of Chester
3.6

County of Chester

Public Defender
About 

$34K -$37K

$34K

$37K

$34,253 - $37,309 Range

York County Government
2.8

York County Government

Public Defender
About 

$55K -$59K

$55K

$59K

$54,714 - $59,091 Range

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
3.8

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Public Defender
About 

$44K -$79K

$44K

$79K

$44,309 - $78,782 Range

Self Opportunity
4.3

Self Opportunity

Public Defender
About 

$42K -$45K

$42K

$45K

$41,673 - $45,011 Range

New York Life
3.8

New York Life

Public Defender
About 

$112K -$122K

$112K

$122K

$112,086 - $121,634 Range

State of Florida
3.3

State of Florida

Public Defender
About 

$66K -$72K

$66K

$72K

$66,243 - $72,013 Range

City and County of San Francisco
3.8

City and County of San Francisco

Public Defender
About 

$125K -$137K

$125K

$137K

$125,249 - $136,797 Range

County of San Diego
3.8

County of San Diego

Public Defender
About 

$81K -$88K

$81K

$88K

$80,653 - $87,689 Range

State of New Jersey
3.5

State of New Jersey

Public Defender - Hourly
About 

$21 -$22

 hourly

$21

$22

$21 - $22 Range

Orange County (California)
3.7

Orange County (California)

Public Defender
About 

$114K -$124K

$114K

$124K

$114,111 - $123,532 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Public Defender salaries

The national average salary for a Public Defender is $69,040 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Public Defender salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 59 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Public Defender employees.

The highest salary for a Public Defender in United States is $114,770 per year.

The lowest salary for a Public Defender in United States is $41,531 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Public Defender or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Public Defender.

Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent public defender salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$50,000
per year
A Public Servant in the Raleigh-Durham, NC Area area reported making $50,000 per year
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Raleigh-Durham, NC Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$87,000
per year
A Public Defender in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $87,000 per year
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$5,025
monthly
A Public Sdafety in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $5,025 per month
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$56,275
per year
A Public Defender in the Chicago, IL Area area reported making $56,275 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Chicago, IL Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Government
$100,491
per year
A Public Diplomacy in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $100,491 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government
$45,443
per year
A Public Involvement in the Provo, UT Area area reported making $45,443 per year
Additional Pay
$200 cash bonus
Job Highlights
Provo, UT Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$85,837
per year
A Commonwealth Public Servant in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $85,837 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Government