Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for defense attorneys in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 243,378 defense attorneys currently employed in the United States.
  • 47.9% of all defense attorneys are women, while 52.1% are men.
  • The average age of an employed defense attorney is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of defense attorneys is White (78.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (7.2%), Asian (6.1%) and Black or African American (5.7%).
  • Defense attorneys are most in-demand in Los Angeles, CA.
  • The professional industry is the highest-paying for defense attorneys.
  • San Francisco, CA pays an annual average wage of $130,541, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • 12% of all defense attorneys are LGBT.
  • California is the best state for defense attorneys to live.
  • Defense attorneys are 66% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Defense Attorney Statistics By Gender

47.9% of defense attorneys are women and 52.1% of defense attorneys are men.

  • Male, 52.1%
  • Female, 47.9%

Defense Attorneys By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male52.1%
Female47.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Defense Attorney

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$85,564
female-income
Female Income
$82,217

Defense Attorney Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the defense attorney position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Defense Attorney Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201057.77%42.23%
201156.97%43.03%
201256.79%43.21%
201356.16%43.84%
201456.06%43.94%
201553.38%46.62%
201653.28%46.72%
201753.39%46.61%
201853.80%46.20%
201953.07%46.93%

Defense Attorney Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, patent examiner and patent attorney have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Veteran Appeals Reviewer17%83%
Guardian Ad Litem18%82%
Surrogate18%82%
Defense Attorney52%48%
Patent Analyst72%28%
Patent Attorney79%21%
Patent Examiner81%19%

Defense Attorney Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among defense attorneys is White, which makes up 78.9% of all defense attorneys. Comparatively, there are 7.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.1% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 78.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.2%
  • Asian, 6.1%
  • Black or African American, 5.7%
  • Unknown, 2.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Defense Attorney Race

Defense Attorney RacePercentages
White78.9%
Hispanic or Latino7.2%
Asian6.1%
Black or African American5.7%
Unknown2.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%

Defense Attorney Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among defense attorneys.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Defense Attorney Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201081.74%5.30%4.95%6.17%
201181.51%5.62%5.10%6.00%
201281.58%5.24%5.27%6.19%
201381.34%5.33%5.31%5.92%
201480.67%5.83%5.54%6.07%
201580.58%5.49%5.63%6.48%
201680.01%5.55%5.79%6.77%
201780.04%5.52%5.76%6.54%
201879.40%5.70%5.68%7.16%
201978.93%5.68%6.06%7.22%

Defense Attorney Wage Gap By Race

Asian defense attorneys have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american defense attorneys have the lowest average salary at $81,309.
$90,000
$88,000
$86,000
$84,000
$82,000
$80,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$83,836
White$84,892
Black or African American$81,309
Asian$87,377
Hispanic or Latino$82,040

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Average Age of a Defense Attorney

We determined the average age of defense attorneys based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Defense Attorney Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown4139
White4843
Black or African American4945
Asian4038
Hispanic or Latino4440

Defense Attorney Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of defense attorney employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of defense attorneys is 40+ years old, which represents 65% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Defense Attorney Age

Defense Attorney YearsPercentages
40+ years65%
30-40 years30%
20-30 years5%

Types of Defense Attorney Degree Levels

The most common degree for defense attorneys is doctoral degree 50% of defense attorneys earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 40% and rounding it off is master's degree with 4%.

  • Doctorate, 50%
  • Bachelors, 40%
  • Masters, 4%
  • Associate, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Defense Attorneys By Education

Defense Attorney DegreePercentages
Doctorate50%
Bachelors40%
Masters4%
Associate2%
Other Degrees4%

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Defense Attorney Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where defense attorneys work. We found most defense attorneys work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most defense attorneys is the insurance industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire defense attorneys.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Defense Attorney Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees8%
50 - 100 employees8%
100 - 500 employees24%
500 - 1,000 employees10%
1,000 - 10,000 employees34%
> 10,000 employees15%

The Types Of Companies Defense Attorney Work In

Employees with the defense attorney job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most defense attorneys prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Defense Attorney Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education4%
Public18%
Private66%
Government13%

Top Industries Hiring Defense Attorneys

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ defense attorneys. Those industries include insurance, media and insurance.

Professional

Government

Insurance

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Defense Attorney Turnover And Employment Statistics

Defense Attorney Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of defense attorneys changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Defense Attorney Unemployment Rate By Year

YearDefense Attorney Unemployment Rate
20102.19%
20111.85%
20121.64%
20131.90%
20141.57%
20151.34%
20161.09%
20171.17%
20181.10%
20191.16%

The Average Number of Years That Defense Attorney Stay in a Job

By looking over 817 defense attorneys resumes, we figured out that the average defense attorney enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Defense Attorney Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year22%
1-2 years35%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years11%
8-10 years7%
11+ years11%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Defense Attorneys with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to defense attorneys.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Federal Law Clerk5.54%67,642
Legal Office Assistant6.63%41,220
Title Processor8.14%7,068
Court Reporter9.12%2,329
Defense Attorney11.75%
Legislative Aide14.16%40,281

Defense Attorney LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Federal Law Clerk5.54%67,642
Legal Office Assistant6.63%41,220
Title Processor8.14%7,068
Court Reporter9.12%2,329
Legislative Aide14.16%40,281

Foreign Languages Spoken By Defense Attorneys

The most common foreign language among defense attorneys is Spanish at 49.2%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.2% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 6.6%.

  • Spanish, 49.2%
  • French, 8.2%
  • Chinese, 6.6%
  • German, 6.6%
  • Mandarin, 6.6%
  • Other, 22.8%

Defense Attorney Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish49.2%
French8.2%
Chinese6.6%
German6.6%
Mandarin6.6%
Other22.8%

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Defense Attorney Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a defense attorney can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of defense attorneys is $151,613. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Defense Attorneys Earn The Most?

Defense attorneys earn the most in California, where the average defense attorney salary is $123,064. The map here shows where defense attorneys earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Defense Attorneys?

By looking through more than 817 resumes, we found that the most popular places for defense attorneys are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Defense Attorneys

Number Of Defense Attorney Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California355$123,064
2Florida273$79,046
3Texas186$94,729
4New York161$109,837
5District of Columbia136$107,797
6Georgia117$87,023
7Illinois90$92,506
8Massachusetts78$106,859
9Virginia73$95,941
10New Jersey56$103,528
11Pennsylvania51$88,085
12Michigan50$86,210
13Colorado49$91,275
14Arizona48$87,289
15North Carolina45$72,250
16Washington43$106,516
17Maryland41$91,306
18Ohio41$83,998
19Missouri38$76,373
20Indiana37$57,141
21Minnesota34$80,919
22South Carolina31$68,466
23Wisconsin30$77,548
24Tennessee25$89,469
25Wyoming23$72,392
26Louisiana21$82,873
27Montana15$73,511
28Idaho14$85,230
29Arkansas14$70,464
30Oregon13$106,757
31Connecticut13$91,322
32New Mexico12$76,332
33Kentucky12$71,353
34Oklahoma12$65,630
35Nevada10$104,718
36Utah10$94,150
37Alabama10$78,774
38Nebraska10$74,886
39Hawaii8$76,228
40Kansas8$70,770
41New Hampshire6$78,827
42Alaska5$106,640
43Rhode Island5$85,894
44Iowa5$86,395
45North Dakota5$76,860
46Mississippi5$68,879
47Maine5$56,325
48Delaware3$86,405
49South Dakota2$70,770
50Vermont1$91,784
51West Virginia1$81,565

Defense Attorney Demographics FAQs

How Many Defense Attorney Are There In The Us?

There are over 252,159 Defense Attorneys in the United States.

What Percentage Of Defense Attorneys Are Black?

5.7% of Defense Attorneys are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Defense Attorneys?

Most a are White, with 78.9% of Defense Attorneys belonging to this ethnicity. 7.2% of Defense Attorneys are Hispanic or Latino, 6.1% of Defense Attorneys are Asian, 5.7% of Defense Attorneys are Black or African American, 2.0% of Defense Attorneys are Unknown, and 0.1% of Defense Attorneys are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Defense Attorney Jobs Male - Dominated ?

Yes, Defense Attorney jobs are male - dominated. 52% of Defense Attorneys are male, and 47% are female, so there are more male Defense Attorneys than female Defense Attorneys in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Defense Attorney ?

The average Defense Attorney is 46 years old. 65% of Defense Attorneys are 40+ years old or older, 30% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 5% are between 20-30 years old

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