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 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 Texas

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,090
25th Percentile Wage
$35,080
50th Percentile Wage
$81,320
75th Percentile Wage
$141,550
90th Percentile Wage
$151,980

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 $151,980. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $81,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,090.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$8.69
25th Percentile Wage
$16.86
50th Percentile Wage
$39.09
75th Percentile Wage
$68.05
90th Percentile Wage
$73.06

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $73.06. The median hourly salary is $39.09. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $8.69.

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
201681,3201.35%25.59%
201580,220-2.56%-
201482,27019.29%-
201366,4008.87%-
201260,510--

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 $120,350. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Texas is Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown with a median annual salary of $120,350. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is El Paso (mean annual salary $119,270). The lowest paying area is Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,000.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$120,350
El Paso
$119,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$114,690
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$112,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$104,060
Fort Worth-Arlington
$99,790
Corpus Christi
$88,730
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$86,170
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$72,010
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$54,830
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$51,170
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$49,970
Amarillo
$46,310
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$43,590
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$42,870
Abilene
$38,410
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$35,540
Waco
$33,710
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$28,000


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