Judge, Trial Court Salary

Trial Court Judges in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $131K per year on average. Male Trial Court Judges who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$89,521 - $177,455
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$90K
$130K
$180K
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.


The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $137K. Trial Court Judges bring in $127K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $140K on average.

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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

National Average
$132,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

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