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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

23-1023 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.


National estimates for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Industry profile for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Geographic profile for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National estimates for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
28,550 0.5 % $ 63.39 $ 131,850 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 19.36 $ 38.99 $ 67.83 $ 83.68 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 40,270 $ 81,100 $ 141,080 $ 174,050 (5)


Industry profile for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 15,780 0.72 $ 75.50 $ 157,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 12,770 0.24 $ 48.42 $ 100,700

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 15,780 0.72 $ 75.50 $ 157,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 12,770 0.24 $ 48.42 $ 100,700

Top paying industries for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 15,780 0.72 $ 75.50 $ 157,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 12,770 0.24 $ 48.42 $ 100,700


Geographic profile for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,410 0.39 1.91 $ 80.66 $ 167,770
Texas 2,820 0.23 1.14 $ 46.02 $ 95,730
Ohio 2,470 0.48 2.35 $ 47.90 $ 99,640
California 1,650 0.10 0.49 $ 94.09 $ 195,700
Florida 1,390 0.16 0.80 $ 90.28 $ 187,780




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 900 0.57 2.80 $ 40.57 $ 84,390
Alaska 150 0.50 2.42 $ 73.98 $ 153,880
Ohio 2,470 0.48 2.35 $ 47.90 $ 99,640
West Virginia 300 0.47 2.28 $ 39.81 $ 82,810
New Mexico 340 0.44 2.13 $ 42.13 $ 87,620




Top paying states for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,650 0.10 0.49 $ 94.09 $ 195,700
Illinois 1,070 0.19 0.93 $ 93.41 $ 194,300
Florida 1,390 0.16 0.80 $ 90.28 $ 187,780
New York 3,410 0.39 1.91 $ 80.66 $ 167,770
Connecticut 240 0.16 0.77 $ 78.89 $ 164,090





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,610 0.18 0.89 $ 77.22 $ 160,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 780 0.18 0.87 $ 87.66 $ 182,320
Austin-Round Rock, TX 630 0.60 2.92 $ 71.36 $ 148,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 530 0.15 0.71 $ 42.91 $ 89,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.19 0.94 $ 57.93 $ 120,490
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 500 0.26 1.25 $ 62.35 $ 129,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 490 0.08 0.41 $ 74.84 $ 155,670
Oklahoma City, OK 470 0.77 3.77 $ 39.14 $ 81,410
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 450 0.17 0.82 $ 48.00 $ 99,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 450 0.15 0.74 $ 43.58 $ 90,640




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 60 1.52 7.43 $ 72.89 $ 151,610
Glens Falls, NY 50 1.11 5.40 $ 75.42 $ 156,870
Utica-Rome, NY 110 0.97 4.75 $ 73.58 $ 153,050
Elmira, NY 30 0.95 4.65 $ 74.45 $ 154,850
Kingston, NY 50 0.94 4.59 $ 71.66 $ 149,040
Prescott, AZ 50 0.81 3.94 $ 48.58 $ 101,040
Binghamton, NY 70 0.78 3.79 $ 75.21 $ 156,440
Oklahoma City, OK 470 0.77 3.77 $ 39.14 $ 81,410
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 0.71 3.47 $ 40.91 $ 85,080
Syracuse, NY 190 0.69 3.38 $ 74.37 $ 154,700




Top paying metropolitan areas for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 280 0.12 0.58 $ 101.89 $ 211,940
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 100 0.07 0.33 $ 101.04 $ 210,160
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 130 0.11 0.53 $ 89.40 $ 185,950
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 110 0.21 1.00 $ 89.40 $ 185,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 780 0.18 0.87 $ 87.66 $ 182,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 150 0.05 0.24 $ 86.13 $ 179,150
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 370 0.15 0.72 $ 84.47 $ 175,690
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 110 0.12 0.60 $ 80.99 $ 168,450
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 100 0.18 0.88 $ 80.82 $ 168,110
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.20 0.97 $ 78.81 $ 163,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.62 7.89 $ 71.95 $ 149,650
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 230 1.56 7.59 $ 73.26 $ 152,380
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 220 0.72 3.49 $ 43.79 $ 91,080
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.63 7.92 $ 74.58 $ 155,120
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.55 2.66 $ 47.25 $ 98,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.63 7.92 $ 74.58 $ 155,120
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 270 1.62 7.89 $ 71.95 $ 149,650
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 230 1.56 7.59 $ 73.26 $ 152,380
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 4.64 $ 34.69 $ 72,160
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.94 4.60 $ 32.38 $ 67,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.94 $ 75.67 $ 157,390
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 3.54 $ 75.45 $ 156,930
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 2.12 $ 74.69 $ 155,360
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 220 1.63 7.92 $ 74.58 $ 155,120
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 230 1.56 7.59 $ 73.26 $ 152,380


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021