Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$185,100
25th Percentile Wage
$185,110
50th Percentile Wage
$185,120
75th Percentile Wage
$194,790
90th Percentile Wage
$186,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $186,400. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $185,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $185,100.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$185,120
0.84% 7.52%
2016
$183,560
3.51% -
2015
$177,110
3.47% -
2014
$170,970
-0.12% -
2013
$171,180
-0.01% -
2012
$171,200
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of California ranges from $137,320 to $191,160. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in California is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $191,160. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $185,120). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $137,320.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$191,160
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$185,120
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$185,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$185,110
Yuba City
$180,450
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$173,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$172,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$170,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$170,970
Vallejo-Fairfield
$170,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$137,320




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