The average Trial Court Judge in the United States earns approximately $137K per year. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up the majority of Trial Court Judges (62 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$88,027 - $185,742
(Median)
$88K
$140K
$190K
MEDIAN: $136,966
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$88,027 - $185,742  
   
Bonus
$8,500  
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$86,214 - $185,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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

  • Preside at preliminary hearings and settlement conferences.
  • Read documentation on pleadings and motions and provide written decisions with evidentiary and legal analysis.
  • Advise and direct attorneys, juries, and court personnel regarding court conduct, issues, and proceedings.
  • 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.

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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.


Annually raking in $124K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $126K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $144K.

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Experience Affects Judge, Trial Court Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$137,000

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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