Salary for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

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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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 gets an average compensation that can range from $40,270 - $208,000 based on the level of experience. get average salaries of one hundred and thirty-one thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars annually.

are compensated highest in California, where they can earn average pay scales of close to about $195,700. People with this job title are paid at the highest average level in Public Administration, where they can receive wages of $131,850.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 47.55 percent nationwide in that time.


Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration