Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in Colorado

The average annual and hourly salaries for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in the state of Colorado are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates amongst Colorado cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,520
25th Percentile Wage
$134,430
50th Percentile Wage
$146,810
75th Percentile Wage
$159,280
90th Percentile Wage
$165,380

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $165,380. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $146,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,520.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27.65
25th Percentile Wage
$64.63
50th Percentile Wage
$70.58
75th Percentile Wage
$76.58
90th Percentile Wage
$79.51

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $79.51. The median hourly salary is $70.58. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27.65.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016146,8104.25%10.91%
2015140,5708.39%-
2014128,770-0.30%-
2013129,150-1.28%-
2012130,800--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some Colorado cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of Colorado ranges from $136,550 to $146,990. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Colorado is Denver-Aurora-Broomfield with a median annual salary of $146,990. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $145,250). The lowest paying area is West Colorado nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $136,550.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$146,990
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$145,250
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$143,560
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$136,550


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