Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates amongst Iowa 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 Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,090
25th Percentile Wage
$40,200
50th Percentile Wage
$48,330
75th Percentile Wage
$132,890
90th Percentile Wage
$146,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $146,290. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $48,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,090.

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. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2017.

YearMedian Salary Growth3-Year Growth
2017
$48,330
-1.22% 21.13%
2016
$48,920
18.42% -
2015
$39,910
4.49% -
2014
$38,120
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of Iowa ranges from $40,100 to $49,450. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $49,450. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $46,700). The lowest paying area is Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $40,100.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$49,450
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$46,700
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$40,100




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