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Assistant Public Defender Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$68,000
$39,000
$68,000
$120,000
Assistant public defenders in the United States make an average salary of $68,938 per year or $33.14 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $39,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $120,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, and Nevada provide the highest assistant public defender salaries.
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Map of Assistant Public Defender Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Assistant Public Defenders earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Assistant Public Defender Salary By Location

While an assistant public defender can average a salary of $68,938 per year, or $33.14 per hour, there are many opportunities for assistant public defenders to make more. For example, in Fredericksburg, VA you might make $87,527 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Antonio, TX, Rochester, NY and Tucson, AZ. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Fredericksburg, VA where the average starting salary is $46,000. The highest paying states for assistant public defenders include California, Connecticut and New York. Meanwhile, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Florida offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Fredericksburg, VA
Fredericksburg, VA
$87,527
$88k
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX
$87,313
$87k
Rochester, NY
Rochester, NY
$82,356
$82k
Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
$78,133
$78k
Madison, WI
Madison, WI
$74,983
$75k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$74,639
$75k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$73,502
$74k
Athens, OH
Athens, OH
$66,089
$66k
Pensacola, FL
Pensacola, FL
$65,515
$66k
Columbus, GA
Columbus, GA
$64,960
$65k

High Paying Assistant Public Defender Jobs

Average Assistant Public Defender Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as an assistant public defender, being employed by a company such as State of Wisconsin or Monroe County Water Authority would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like State of North Carolina and Cook Group also report highly competitive salaries for assistant public defenders.

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Assistant Public Defender Salary History

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    Average Assistant Public Defender Pay By Industry

    Assistant public defender salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with non profits, media, and automotive companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an assistant public defender can make a yearly salary of $70,929 while working for non profits companies. All the while, other assistant public defenders are making $70,302 at media companies and $70,153 at automotive companies. One industry assistant public defenders may want to avoid is the finance industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $65,780.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $70,929
    $71k
    Media
    Media
    $70,302
    $70k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $70,153
    $70k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $67,272
    $67k
    Government
    Government
    $67,145
    $67k
    Finance
    Finance
    $65,780
    $66k

    Assistant Public Defender Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for an assistant public defender can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Assistant Public Defender Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Florida Department of Transportation
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    Public Defender's Office, 20Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Public Defender's Office, 20Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Public Defender's Office, 20Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Fort Myers, FL
    Fort Myers, FL
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $50,000
    $50,000
    10/23/2020
    Public Defender's Office, 20Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Public Defender's Office, 20Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Fort Myers, FL
    Fort Myers, FL
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $50,000
    $50,000
    10/23/2020
    County of Blair
    County of Blair
    Assistant Public Defender
    Assistant Public Defender
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    Hollidaysburg, PA
    Hollidaysburg, PA
    10/21/2020
    10/21/2020
    $45,000
    $45,000
    10/21/2020
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office
    Waukegan, IL
    Waukegan, IL
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $58,991
    $58,991
    10/08/2020
    Lake County Il
    Lake County Il
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office (Pd_35032)
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office (Pd_35032)
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office (Pd_35032)
    Waukegan, IL
    Waukegan, IL
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $58,991
    $58,991
    10/08/2020
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office
    Waukegan, IL
    Waukegan, IL
    10/07/2020
    10/07/2020
    $58,991
    $58,991
    10/07/2020
    Assistant Public Defender 2-Education Rights, Guardian Ad Litem and Education Attorney
    Assistant Public Defender 2-Education Rights, Guardian Ad Litem and Education Attorney
    Nashville, TN
    Nashville, TN
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $77,470
    $77,470
    09/25/2020
    Lake County Il
    Lake County Il
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office (Pd_35037)
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office (Pd_35037)
    Assistant Public Defender-Public Defender's Office (Pd_35037)
    Waukegan, IL
    Waukegan, IL
    06/17/2020
    06/17/2020
    $58,991
    $58,991
    06/17/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Public Defender's Office, 10Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Public Defender's Office, 10Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Public Defender's Office, 10Th Circuit-Assistant Public Defender
    Bartow, FL
    Bartow, FL
    06/15/2020
    06/15/2020
    $50,000
    $50,000
    06/15/2020
    Assistant Public Defender
    Assistant Public Defender
    Tucson, AZ
    Tucson, AZ
    06/13/2020
    06/13/2020
    $63,000
    $63,000
    06/13/2020