Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,260
25th Percentile Wage
$40,560
50th Percentile Wage
$128,320
75th Percentile Wage
$184,720
90th Percentile Wage
$201,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $201,880. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $128,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,260.

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
$128,320
21.34% 1.46%
2016
$100,940
-13.23% -
2015
$114,290
-2.57% -
2014
$117,230
-14.13% -
2013
$133,790
5.49% -
2012
$126,450
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of Tennessee ranges from $29,000 to $168,570. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Tennessee is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin with a median annual salary of $168,570. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Chattanooga (mean annual salary $102,660). The lowest paying area is Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $29,000.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$168,570
Chattanooga
$102,660
Knoxville
$93,560
Memphis
$90,470
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$37,220
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$29,000




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