Judge, Trial Court Salary

Trial Court Judges in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $143K annually. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. There are more male Trial Court Judges than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. Job satisfaction for Trial Court Judges is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$76,596 - $185,391
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MEDIAN: $142,952
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Salary $76,596 - $185,391
Bonus $6,000
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$78,750 - $184,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 32

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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

Pay by Experience for a Judge, Trial Court has a positive trend. An entry-level Judge, Trial Court with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 8 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Judge, Trial Court with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Judge, Trial Court which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 10 salaries. A Judge, Trial Court with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 12 salaries.

Key Stats for Judge, Trial Court

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
$141,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Experienced
▼12%

Mid-Career
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 7%
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