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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$84,300
25th Percentile Wage
$84,320
50th Percentile Wage
$124,060
75th Percentile Wage
$155,160
90th Percentile Wage
$177,110

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 $177,110. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $124,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $84,300.

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
$124,060
-4.48% 33.04%
2016
$129,620
16.12% -
2015
$108,720
10.07% -
2014
$97,770
23.03% -
2013
$75,250
-10.39% -
2012
$83,070
- -

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 $79,080 to $160,140. The highest paying area for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in Washington is Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $160,140. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Yakima (mean annual salary $135,380). The lowest paying area is Bremerton-Silverdale with a median annual salary of $79,080.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$160,140
Yakima
$135,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$132,940
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$131,370
Spokane
$121,470
Olympia
$118,160
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$109,470
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$107,070
Tacoma
$106,390
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$102,410
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$91,520
Bremerton-Silverdale
$79,080




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