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Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information

The salary statistics of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,250
25th Percentile Wage
$64,070
50th Percentile Wage
$125,880
75th Percentile Wage
$157,270
90th Percentile Wage
$183,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates is $183,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $125,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,250. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 420% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
2016125,880-0.83%8.04%
2015126,9309.29%-
2014115,140-2.61%-
2013118,1502.02%-
2012115,760--

Table 2. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in 1 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$125,880

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates by States

From the above tables we note that not only judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $39,700 to $188,870. The highest paying state for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $188,870. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $39,700. For more salary information of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$188,870
Rhode Island
$184,930
California
$183,560
Connecticut
$178,290
New Jersey
$166,850
Nevada
$166,520
Maryland
$156,150
New York
$155,920
Colorado
$146,810
Missouri
$143,350
Florida
$141,810
Arkansas
$141,550
North Dakota
$141,250
Indiana
$138,220
Kentucky
$135,820
Minnesota
$130,550
Washington
$129,620
Oregon
$125,870
Maine
$122,830
Idaho
$113,270
Wyoming
$111,320
Kansas
$108,130
Tennessee
$100,940
Arizona
$100,180
Georgia
$94,100
South Dakota
$93,930
Wisconsin
$92,620
Puerto Rico
$90,750
New Mexico
$85,300
Delaware
$84,510
Texas
$81,320
Utah
$72,680
Ohio
$66,320
Louisiana
$61,950
West Virginia
$61,900
Pennsylvania
$59,150
South Carolina
$52,470
Michigan
$49,770
Iowa
$48,920
Alabama
$48,160
Montana
$45,820
Mississippi
$39,700


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