Trial Court Judges in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $139K) surpassing six figures annually. Men make up a slight majority of Trial Court Judges (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$89,549 - $186,457
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MEDIAN: $138,856
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$89,549 - $186,457  
   
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$8,500  
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$87,539 - $185,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

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


Annually raking in $131K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Trial Court Judges with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $126K. Trial Court Judges who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $145K.

Key Stats for Judge, Trial Court

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
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1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$137,000

Entry-Level
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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