Judge, Trial Court Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Trial Court Judges in the United States, with median pay hovering around $129K per year. Men account for the majority of Trial Court Judges who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Nearly all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$88,231 - $176,324

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$88,231 - $176,324  
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$84,260 - $175,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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. 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 $132K on average.

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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%