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Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers 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, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,530
25th Percentile Wage
$57,830
50th Percentile Wage
$100,960
75th Percentile Wage
$143,490
90th Percentile Wage
$170,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers is $170,410. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $100,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,530. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 366% 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, magistrates, and other judicial workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016100,9601.08%5.55%
201599,8706.84%-
201493,040-0.52%-
201393,520-1.97%-
201295,360--

Table 2. Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $106,170. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $35,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$106,170
Educational Services
$77,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$71,580
Manufacturing
$69,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,160
Finance and Insurance
$57,140
Health Care and Social Assistance
$49,430
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,590
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,460


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