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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,650
25th Percentile Wage
$67,380
50th Percentile Wage
$133,840
75th Percentile Wage
$162,650
90th Percentile Wage
$192,740

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 $192,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $133,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,650. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 440% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$133,840
5.95% 13.51%
2016
$125,880
-0.83% -
2015
$126,930
9.29% -
2014
$115,140
-2.61% -
2013
$118,150
2.02% -
2012
$115,760
- -

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
$133,840

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 $27,640 to $191,850. The highest paying state for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates is Alaska with a median annual salary of $191,850. The lowest paying state is Illinois with a median annual salary of $27,640. 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
Alaska
$191,850
Hawaii
$190,110
Rhode Island
$189,730
California
$185,120
Connecticut
$184,590
Nevada
$169,160
New Jersey
$167,720
New York
$162,650
Maryland
$156,960
Colorado
$154,990
Florida
$148,500
North Dakota
$146,230
Missouri
$144,630
Indiana
$142,840
Minnesota
$142,460
Arkansas
$142,310
Wisconsin
$136,980
Vermont
$136,910
Kentucky
$135,080
Oregon
$132,940
Tennessee
$128,320
Washington
$124,060
Maine
$124,000
Arizona
$123,490
Kansas
$122,010
Idaho
$118,420
Wyoming
$111,320
Delaware
$103,600
Utah
$101,820
Georgia
$95,010
Puerto Rico
$91,380
South Dakota
$88,760
New Mexico
$85,760
Texas
$81,040
Ohio
$66,260
West Virginia
$62,430
Pennsylvania
$60,530
Louisiana
$56,360
Virginia
$53,430
Oklahoma
$50,740
South Carolina
$49,770
Michigan
$49,770
Montana
$49,550
Iowa
$48,330
Alabama
$46,930
Mississippi
$41,210
Illinois
$27,640



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