How much does a Criminal Defense Lawyer make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage for a Criminal Defense Lawyer in the United States is $43 as of September 25, 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $37 and $48. Hourly rate can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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What is a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

A Criminal Defense Lawyer is a lawyer (mostly barristers) specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments, with ju...

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Average Hourly Wage

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These charts show the average hourly wage (core compensation), as well as the average total hourly cash compensation for the job of Criminal Defense Lawyer in the United States. The average hourly rate for Criminal Defense Lawyer ranges from $37 to $48 with the average hourly pay of $43. The total hourly cash compensation, which includes base and short-term incentives, can vary anywhere from $38 to $51 with the average total hourly cash compensation of $44.

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