NCSC Survey Examines Judicial Salaries Nationwide
Judges salaries nationwide and in Ohio are not keeping pace with inflation, according to an annual report released last week.
The 2011 survey of judicial salaries shows an average increase of slightly more than one-half of 1 percent from the year before, while inflation rose 3.2 percent in 2011 based on Consumer Price Index data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Published for nearly 30 years by the National Center for State Courts, the survey serves as the primary record of compensation for state judicial officers and state court administrators. The survey uses figures for courts of last resort, intermediate appellate courts and general jurisdiction trial courts to calculate the average increase from one year to the next.
While a handful of states experienced slight salary increases for judges last year, Ohio did not. In fact, there’s been no salary increase for Ohio judges since 2008. The chief justice and justices on the Ohio Supreme Court make $150,850 and $141,600 annually. Courts of appeals judges are paid $132,000 per year. Common pleas judges earn $121,350 each year. As for full-time municipal court judges, their salaries are $114,100 while part-time municipal court judges and county court judges have annual salaries of $65,650. View more detailed information of judges’ salaries in Ohio.
As far as where states rank in the survey, Ohio is in the bottom half for each category: 33 for highest court, 30 for intermediate appellate courts and 41 for general jurisdiction trial courts.
View the survey.