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The pay plan of the Missouri State Public Defender System conforms with the classification principles of Uniform Classification & Pay adopted by agencies in the Executive Branch of Missouri State Government. Under Missouri's Uniform Classification & Pay Plan, the principal goal is to pay all state employees consistently for comparable work.

The majority of job classes in the Public Defender system are assigned to a pay range and step.

Attorney Salaries

There are four salary classifications (I-IV) for Assistant Public Defenders (APD), ranging from $38,928 to $62,664/year with additional salary differentials for APDs handling exclusively death-penalty work. Managing attorneys start at $71,100/year.

Salaries for Other Job Classifications

Salary information for a specific position can be obtained from the job announcement vacancies page.