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 $129K) surpassing six figures annually. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Male Trial Court Judges are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$88,231 - $176,324
MEDIAN: $129,052

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$84,260 - $175,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Judge, Trial Court

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $130K per year. For Trial Court Judges, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $126K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $132K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


36 %
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 7%