Judge, Trial Court Salary

Trial Court Judges in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $136K) surpassing six figures annually. Trial Court Judges who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Job satisfaction for Trial Court Judges is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$90,420 - $184,694
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$140K
$180K
MEDIAN: $136,399
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$90,420 - $184,694  
   
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$6,000  
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$87,039 - $183,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Judge, Trial Court

Trial court judges preside over cases between prosecutors and defendants, and may also perform nuptials. This position commands respect, and a person holding this position is often referred to as “your honor."

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Judge, Trial Court Tasks

  • Conduct trials, hearings, and arraignments and issue rulings and sentences that interpret and enforce law.
  • Supervise subordinate staff, such as law clerks or secretarial staff.
  • Advise and direct attorneys, juries, and court personnel regarding court conduct, issues, and proceedings.
  • Preside at preliminary hearings and settlement conferences.
  • Read documentation on pleadings and motions and provide written decisions with evidentiary and legal analysis.

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Pay by Experience Level for Judge, Trial Court

Pay by Experience for a Judge, Trial Court has a positive trend. An entry-level Judge, Trial Court with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 8 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Judge, Trial Court with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Judge, Trial Court which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 10 salaries. A Judge, Trial Court with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 12 salaries.

Key Stats for Judge, Trial Court

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

National Average
$135,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Experienced
▼8%

Mid-Career
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 6%
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