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 among Tennessee 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 Tennessee

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,890
25th Percentile Wage
$36,160
50th Percentile Wage
$100,940
75th Percentile Wage
$181,320
90th Percentile Wage
$199,360

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 $199,360. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $100,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,890.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$10.52
25th Percentile Wage
$17.38
50th Percentile Wage
$48.53
75th Percentile Wage
$87.17
90th Percentile Wage
$95.85

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $95.85. The median hourly salary is $48.53. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $10.52.

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
2016100,940-13.23%-25.27%
2015114,290-2.57%-
2014117,230-14.13%-
2013133,7905.49%-
2012126,450--

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 $88,220 to $167,120. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Tennessee is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin with a median annual salary of $167,120. The lowest paying area is Chattanooga with a median annual salary of $88,220.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$167,120
Chattanooga
$88,220


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