How Much Do Judges and Magistrates Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Judges and Magistrates

Judges and Magistrates arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$131850 per year
Hourly wage
$63 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$40,270 to $81,100 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$19 to $39 per hour

Entry-level Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $40,270 to $81,100 per year or $19 to $39 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $84 $174,050
Middle (Mid 50%) $68 $141,080
Junior (Bottom 25%) $39 $81,100
No experience (Bottom 10%) $19 $40,270

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $94 $195,700
IL $93 $194,300
FL $90 $187,780
NY $81 $167,770
CT $79 $164,090
CO $78 $162,520
NV $78 $161,780
AR $76 $157,170
AK $74 $153,880
MN $71 $147,750

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Judge, Magistrate Judge and Magistrate is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Judges and Magistrates are in the states of CA, IL, FL, NY and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $157050 $75.50
Local Government $100700 $48.42

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