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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 $188,870, Hawaii is the highest paying state for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates. It is followed by Rhode Island (average annual salary $184,930). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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 Hawaii
$188,870
$170,280 130
2 Rhode Island
$184,930
$43,610 110
3 California
$183,560
$181,540 2,140
4 Connecticut
$178,290
$71,210 240
5 New Jersey
$166,850
$61,560 970
6 Nevada
$166,520
$82,430 230
7 Maryland
$156,150
$140,940 510
8 New York
$155,920
$129,840 3,250
9 Colorado
$146,810
$57,520 590
10 Missouri
$143,350
$18,940 570
11 Florida
$141,810
$106,820 1,330
12 Arkansas
$141,550
$18,550 320
13 North Dakota
$141,250
$135,010 90
14 Indiana
$138,220
$39,300 790
15 Kentucky
$135,820
$108,570 290
16 Minnesota
$130,550
$84,470 470
17 Washington
$129,620
$79,040 990
18 Oregon
$125,870
$75,700 360
19 Maine
$122,830
$50,930 80
20 Idaho
$113,270
$106,520 140
21 Wyoming
$111,320
$50,060 30
22 Kansas
$108,130
$21,910 310
23 Tennessee
$100,940
$21,890 400
24 Arizona
$100,180
$65,030 800
25 Georgia
$94,100
$43,620 1,400
26 South Dakota
$93,930
$58,500 40
27 Wisconsin
$92,620
$24,580 90
28 Puerto Rico
$90,750
$73,390 470
29 New Mexico
$85,300
$18,250 300
30 Delaware
$84,510
$79,160 120
31 Texas
$81,320
$18,090 2,790
32 Utah
$72,680
$19,380 100
33 Ohio
$66,320
$28,450 2,420
34 Louisiana
$61,950
$18,940 210
35 West Virginia
$61,900
$52,010 300
36 Pennsylvania
$59,150
$44,110 270
37 South Carolina
$52,470
$17,990 640
38 Michigan
$49,770
$41,140 780
39 Iowa
$48,920
$41,330 390
40 Alabama
$48,160
$23,810 500
41 Montana
$45,820
$18,210 80
42 Mississippi
$39,700
$16,950 310

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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