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 among South Carolina 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,990
25th Percentile Wage
$27,070
50th Percentile Wage
$52,470
75th Percentile Wage
$79,820
90th Percentile Wage
$99,060

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 $99,060. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,990.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$8.65
25th Percentile Wage
$13.02
50th Percentile Wage
$25.23
75th Percentile Wage
$38.38
90th Percentile Wage
$47.63

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in South Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $47.63. The median hourly salary is $25.23. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $8.65.

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
201652,470-16.62%-12.12%
201561,190-4.67%-
201464,0506.48%-
201359,9001.79%-
201258,830--

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 $30,830 to $58,850. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in South Carolina is Columbia with a median annual salary of $58,850. The second highest paying city/area in South Carolina State is Greenville-Mauldin-Easley (mean annual salary $57,790). The lowest paying area is Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville with a median annual salary of $30,830.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Columbia
$58,850
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley
$57,790
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill
$56,480
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$50,740
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$44,070
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$36,750
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$31,030
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville
$30,830



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