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How much does a Judge make in the United States?

Average Judge Hourly Wage in the United States

Judges earn a median hourly wage of $55.36. Hourly wages typically start from $15.14 and go up to $86.02.

Average Judge Yearly Salary in the United States

Judges earn a median salary of $115,140 per year. Salaries typically start from $31,480 and go up to $178,920.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Judge Earnings by Seniority

Top End Judge Earnings

The highest earning Judges in the United States earn:

$86.02
an hour
$178,920
per year
Senior Judge Earnings

Senior Judges in the United States earn:

$70.93
an hour
$147,540
per year
Experienced Judge Earnings

Experienced Judges in the United States earn:

$55.36
an hour
$115,140
per year
Junior Judge Earnings

Junior Judges in the United States earn:

$25.46
an hour
$52,960
per year
Starting Judge Earnings

Starting Judges in the United States earn:

$15.14
an hour
$31,480
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Judge salary comparison

Judges earn more than 96% percent of Law careers. Judge salaries are in the top 78% of all careers in the United States.

Judge Salary $118k
Lawyer Salary $114k
Hearing Officer Salary $87k
Coroner Salary $64k
Police Officer Salary $56k
Forensic Science Technician Salary $55k
Court Reporter Salary $49k
Judicial Law Clerk Salary $48k
Legal Secretary Salary $42k
Bailiff Salary $38k
Legislator Salary $20k

Historical salary for Judges in the United States

Judge salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Judge Salary in Hawaii $ $ # 1
Judge Salary in California $82.20 $170,970 # 2
Judge Salary in Rhode Island $87.67 $182,360 # 3
Judge Salary in Nevada $79.96 $166,320 # 4
Judge Salary in Alaska $75.45 $156,950 # 5
Judge Salary in New Jersey $81.09 $168,660 # 6
Judge Salary in Connecticut $77.20 $160,580 # 7
Judge Salary in Delaware $60.76 $126,370 # 8
Judge Salary in Florida $70.93 $147,540 # 9
Judge Salary in New York $66.20 $137,700 # 10
Judge Salary in Maryland $70.36 $146,350 # 11
Judge Salary in Kansas $53.33 $110,930 # 12
Judge Salary in North Dakota $67.97 $141,380 # 13
Judge Salary in Kentucky $64.55 $134,270 # 14
Judge Salary in Colorado $61.91 $128,770 # 15
Judge Salary in Oregon $55.59 $115,620 # 16
Judge Salary in Missouri $56.75 $118,040 # 17
Judge Salary in Tennessee $56.36 $117,230 # 18
Judge Salary in Idaho $53.08 $110,400 # 19
Judge Salary in Indiana $64.94 $135,080 # 20
Judge Salary in Washington $47.01 $97,770 # 21
Judge Salary in Arizona $39.02 $81,170 # 22
Judge Salary in Vermont $63.63 $132,350 # 23
Judge Salary in Maine $56.01 $116,510 # 24
Judge Salary in Wisconsin $38.10 $79,240 # 25
Judge Salary in South Dakota $49.08 $102,090 # 26
Judge Salary in Arkansas $60.34 $125,500 # 27
Judge Salary in Louisiana $36.92 $76,790 # 28
Judge Salary in Wyoming $38.53 $80,150 # 29
Judge Salary in Utah $38.08 $79,200 # 30
Judge Salary in Georgia $40.26 $83,740 # 31
Judge Salary in Texas $39.56 $82,270 # 32
Judge Salary in Michigan $25.19 $52,390 # 33
Judge Salary in Ohio $30.65 $63,760 # 34
Judge Salary in South Carolina $30.80 $64,050 # 35
Judge Salary in Oklahoma $23.26 $48,380 # 36
Judge Salary in Pennsylvania $31.77 $66,090 # 37
Judge Salary in Iowa $18.33 $38,120 # 38
Judge Salary in West Virginia $25.59 $53,220 # 39
Judge Salary in Virginia $25.69 $53,430 # 40
Judge Salary in Alabama $18.82 $39,150 # 41
Judge Salary in Montana $21.36 $44,430 # 42
Judge Salary in Mississippi $18.13 $37,700 # 43
Judge Salary in New Mexico $14.42 $29,990 # 44
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Judge

Interested in becoming a judge? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good judge? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A masters degree is required to be a Judge.

  3. Get Hired

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    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.