Judge, Trial Court Salary

Trial Court Judges in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $130K) surpassing six figures annually. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Men make up the majority of Trial Court Judges (64 percent) survey respondents. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$88,862 - $177,496

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$88,862 - $177,496  
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$83,897 - $176,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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.

Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $130K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Trial Court Judges who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $126K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $135K on average.

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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

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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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 7%