Salary for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Also known as:  Administrative Court Justice, Circuit Court Judge, County Court Judge, Criminal Court Judge, District Court Judge, Jurist, Justice, Probate Judge, Trial Court Judge, Tribal Judge

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Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates arbitrate, adjudicate, and administer justice in courts. Their exact duties vary based on the type and level of court, and may include sentencing or determining the liability of defendants. These professionals may be elected or appointed, and may research and write legal opinions and decisions on cases. Additionally, they may determine the admissability of evidence and instruct juries on evidence to be weighed and applicable laws surrounding the cases they are serving. The position frequently requires a doctoral degree in law or a related field, but there are judges who have not pursued education beyond the high school level.

A Judge, Magistrate Judge, or Magistrate can earn an average wage in a range of 80000 to 120000 based on seniority. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates will normally get an average salary of One Hundred Five Thousand Four Hundred dollars annually.

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates are compensated most highly in Rhode Island, which has pay of about $178340.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.94 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $105,390
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration $105,390
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