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Highest Paying States for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

The highest paying states for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $191,850, Alaska is the highest paying state for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates. It is followed by Hawaii (average annual salary $190,110). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Alaska
$191,850
$140,250 80
2 Hawaii
$190,110
$171,230 120
3 Rhode Island
$189,730
$55,790 110
4 California
$185,120
$185,100 2,140
5 Connecticut
$184,590
$90,140 240
6 Nevada
$169,160
$87,850 220
7 New Jersey
$167,720
$57,060 1,020
8 New York
$162,650
$134,200 3,200
9 Maryland
$156,960
$129,300 580
10 Colorado
$154,990
$84,150 610
11 Florida
$148,500
$125,610 1,230
12 North Dakota
$146,230
$18,560 100
13 Missouri
$144,630
$19,040 570
14 Indiana
$142,840
$46,510 770
15 Minnesota
$142,460
$109,390 500
16 Arkansas
$142,310
$19,030 300
17 Wisconsin
$136,980
$51,100 150
18 Vermont
$136,910
$41,160 60
19 Kentucky
$135,080
$106,890 300
20 Oregon
$132,940
$79,180 370
21 Tennessee
$128,320
$29,260 390
22 Washington
$124,060
$84,300 920
23 Maine
$124,000
$55,870 90
24 Arizona
$123,490
$63,620 740
25 Kansas
$122,010
$21,360 520
26 Idaho
$118,420
$94,460 210
27 Wyoming
$111,320
$50,060 30
28 Delaware
$103,600
$76,200 120
29 Utah
$101,820
$20,920 130
30 Georgia
$95,010
$44,630 1,420
31 Puerto Rico
$91,380
$74,430 460
32 South Dakota
$88,760
$58,290 40
33 New Mexico
$85,760
$18,600 320
34 Texas
$81,040
$18,210 2,890
35 Ohio
$66,260
$28,450 2,420
36 West Virginia
$62,430
$52,760 300
37 Pennsylvania
$60,530
$45,150 250
38 Louisiana
$56,360
$18,650 160
39 Virginia
$53,430
$41,920 100
40 Oklahoma
$50,740
$26,870 980
41 South Carolina
$49,770
$17,950 660
42 Michigan
$49,770
$41,140 620
43 Montana
$49,550
$19,050 80
44 Iowa
$48,330
$40,090 390
45 Alabama
$46,930
$23,480 500
46 Mississippi
$41,210
$17,150 320
47 Illinois
$27,640
$25,050 310

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in those states is not available at this time.

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