Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in South Carolina

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,950
25th Percentile Wage
$26,640
50th Percentile Wage
$49,770
75th Percentile Wage
$79,200
90th Percentile Wage
$102,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in South Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $102,500. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $49,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,950.

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
$49,770
-5.42% -18.20%
2016
$52,470
-16.62% -
2015
$61,190
-4.67% -
2014
$64,050
6.48% -
2013
$59,900
1.79% -
2012
$58,830
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some South Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of South Carolina ranges from $28,940 to $101,110. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in South Carolina is Augusta-Richmond County with a median annual salary of $101,110. The second highest paying city/area in South Carolina State is Spartanburg (mean annual salary $90,920). The lowest paying area is Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,940.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Augusta-Richmond County
$101,110
Spartanburg
$90,920
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
$58,470
Florence
$55,320
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$52,250
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway
$49,920
Columbia
$49,920
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
$45,920
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$44,070
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville
$38,830
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$36,670
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$28,940




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