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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 $60.52. Hourly wages typically start from $16.95 and go up to $88.25.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Judge Yearly Salary in the United States

Judges earn a median salary of $125,880 per year. Salaries typically start from $35,250 and go up to $183,570.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Judge Earnings by Seniority

Top End Judge Earnings

The highest earning Judges in the United States earn:

$88.25
an hour
$183,570
per year
Senior Judge Earnings

Senior Judges in the United States earn:

$75.61
an hour
$157,270
per year
Experienced Judge Earnings

Experienced Judges in the United States earn:

$60.52
an hour
$125,880
per year
Junior Judge Earnings

Junior Judges in the United States earn:

$30.80
an hour
$64,070
per year
Starting Judge Earnings

Starting Judges in the United States earn:

$16.95
an hour
$35,250
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 99% of all careers in the United States.

Judge Salary $126k
Compliance Manager Salary $105k
Customs Inspector Salary $79k
Coroner Salary $66k
Police Officer Salary $59k
Fish And Game Warden Salary $52k
Court Reporter Salary $51k
Probation Officer Salary $50k
Legal Secretary Salary $44k
Bailiff Salary $42k
Legislator Salary $23k
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Historical salary for Judges in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Judge salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Judge Salary in Hawaii $90.80 $188,870 # 1
Judge Salary in California $88.25 $183,560 # 2
Judge Salary in Alaska $92.23 $191,850 # 3
Judge Salary in New Jersey $80.22 $166,850 # 4
Judge Salary in Connecticut $85.71 $178,290 # 5
Judge Salary in New York $74.96 $155,920 # 6
Judge Salary in Nevada $80.06 $166,520 # 7
Judge Salary in Rhode Island $88.91 $184,930 # 8
Judge Salary in Maryland $75.07 $156,150 # 9
Judge Salary in North Dakota $67.91 $141,250 # 10
Judge Salary in Delaware $40.63 $84,510 # 11
Judge Salary in Colorado $70.58 $146,810 # 12
Judge Salary in Florida $68.18 $141,810 # 13
Judge Salary in Kentucky $65.30 $135,820 # 14
Judge Salary in Missouri $68.92 $143,350 # 15
Judge Salary in Washington $62.32 $129,620 # 16
Judge Salary in Oregon $60.51 $125,870 # 17
Judge Salary in Indiana $66.45 $138,220 # 18
Judge Salary in Idaho $54.46 $113,270 # 19
Judge Salary in Tennessee $48.53 $100,940 # 20
Judge Salary in Kansas $51.99 $108,130 # 21
Judge Salary in Arizona $48.16 $100,180 # 22
Judge Salary in Arkansas $68.05 $141,550 # 23
Judge Salary in Maine $59.05 $122,830 # 24
Judge Salary in Wisconsin $44.53 $92,620 # 25
Judge Salary in Georgia $45.24 $94,100 # 26
Judge Salary in South Dakota $45.16 $93,930 # 27
Judge Salary in Texas $39.09 $81,320 # 28
Judge Salary in Ohio $31.89 $66,320 # 29
Judge Salary in Iowa $23.52 $48,920 # 30
Judge Salary in New Mexico $41.01 $85,300 # 31
Judge Salary in West Virginia $29.76 $61,900 # 32
Judge Salary in Utah $34.94 $72,680 # 33
Judge Salary in Oklahoma $28.06 $58,360 # 34
Judge Salary in Louisiana $29.78 $61,950 # 35
Judge Salary in Pennsylvania $28.44 $59,150 # 36
Judge Salary in Alabama $23.15 $48,160 # 37
Judge Salary in South Carolina $25.23 $52,470 # 38
Judge Salary in Mississippi $19.09 $39,700 # 39
Judge Salary in Montana $22.03 $45,820 # 40
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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