Judge, Trial Court Salary

Trial Court Judges enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($129K) annually in the United States. Male Trial Court Judges who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$88,231 - $176,324
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$88K
$130K
$180K
MEDIAN: $129,052
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$84,260 - $175,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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. Trial Court Judges bring in $126K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $132K on average.

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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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National Average
$129,000

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

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