Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in Texas

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,210
25th Percentile Wage
$33,930
50th Percentile Wage
$81,040
75th Percentile Wage
$142,300
90th Percentile Wage
$153,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $153,690. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $81,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,210.

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
$81,040
-0.35% 25.33%
2016
$81,320
1.35% -
2015
$80,220
-2.56% -
2014
$82,270
19.29% -
2013
$66,400
8.87% -
2012
$60,510
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of Texas ranges from $28,000 to $134,830. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Texas is El Paso with a median annual salary of $134,830. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown (mean annual salary $120,230). The lowest paying area is Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,000.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
El Paso
$134,830
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$120,230
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$116,620
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$108,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$108,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$106,060
Fort Worth-Arlington
$103,990
Corpus Christi
$85,640
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$84,660
Lubbock
$82,690
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$74,120
Amarillo
$65,650
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$54,210
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$49,400
Brownsville-Harlingen
$47,200
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$46,930
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$45,170
Longview
$38,200
Abilene
$38,080
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,630
Texarkana-Texarkana
$37,560
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$36,510
Waco
$30,410
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$28,000




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