Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates Salary Information in Washington

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$79,040
25th Percentile Wage
$79,060
50th Percentile Wage
$129,620
75th Percentile Wage
$157,350
90th Percentile Wage
$181,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $181,180. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $129,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $79,040.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38.00
25th Percentile Wage
$38.01
50th Percentile Wage
$62.32
75th Percentile Wage
$75.65
90th Percentile Wage
$87.11

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $87.11. The median hourly salary is $62.32. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38.00.

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
2016129,62016.12%35.91%
2015108,72010.07%-
201497,77023.03%-
201375,250-10.39%-
201283,070--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in state of Washington ranges from $105,710 to $158,110. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Washington is Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $158,110. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $130,610). The lowest paying area is Tacoma with a median annual salary of $105,710.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$158,110
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$130,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$125,870
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$109,470
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$107,070
Spokane
$106,940
Tacoma
$105,710



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