Judge, Trial Court Salary

Trial Court Judges in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $131K) surpassing six figures annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of Trial Court Judges (66 percent) survey respondents. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$89,521 - $177,455
MEDIAN: $131,423

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$86,806 - $176,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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.

New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $137K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. After working for 10 to 20 years, Trial Court Judges make a median salary of $127K. Trial Court Judges who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $140K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.


34 %
66 %

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: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 4%