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What Do Pennsylvania Judges Make?

PA Judicial Center

Have you ever wondered what judges in the Pennsylvania Judicial System receive in compensation?

In 2024, they will be receiving at least 3.5 percent more than this year according to the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

With the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Customers in the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-DE-NJ-MD region rising by that percentage, the annual judicial salaries will be adjusted by the cost-of-living factor like other state officials under terms of a 1995 state law.

The annual salary of Supreme Court Chief Justice Debra Todd, the top judicial post in Pennsylvania, will be $260,734, while the other justices in the top chamber will receive $253,361.

Elsewhere:

Superior Court. The annual salary of a judge of the Superior Court shall be $239,059. Jack A. Panella, president judge, shall receive $246,428.

Commonwealth Court. The annual salary of a judge of the Commonwealth Court shall be $239,059. Renee Cohn Jubelirer, president judge, shall receive $246,428.

Court of Common Pleas. The annual salary of a judge of the court of common pleas shall be $219,933. The annual salaries of the president judges of the courts of common pleas shall be in accordance with the following schedule:

  1. Allegheny County, $223,618.
  2. Philadelphia County, $224,356.
  3. Judicial districts having six or more judges, $221,850.
  4. Judicial districts having five or fewer judges, $220,892.
  5. Administrative judges of the divisions of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County with six or more judges, $221,850.
  6. Administrative judges of the divisions of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County with five or fewer judges, $220,892.
  7. Administrative judges of the divisions of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County with six or more judges, $221,850.
  8. Administrative judges of the divisions of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County with five or fewer judges, $220,892.

 

Philadelphia Municipal Court. The annual salary of a judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court shall be $214,844. The annual salary of Patrick F. Dugan, president judge, shall receive $218,163.

Magisterial District Judge. The annual salary of a magisterial district judge shall be $109,973.

Senior Judges. The compensation for a senior judge will be $683 per day.

5 Responses

  1. I think it needs to be known how little a district court staff makes. I worked as clerk for a district judge last summer. So much is put on us, we are expected to respond quickly whenever the sheriff’s department or a constable calls asking for records of certain individual which takes away from our sometimes urgent work needed for the judge. We make less than $33,000 annually and we have to be in the office every day. The judge I worked for was only in an average of 2 to 3 hours in the morning and maybe 2 in the afternoon. In my county, they never worked Fridays but we did. President judges have way too much power in just dumping new tasks on the district courts, increasing our workload but not increasing our salaries. And sheriff’s departments and constables act like we work for them. No wonder so many district courts are short staffed and nobody wants the job anymore. Yet the district judges make over $100,000 annually. That’s the best part time salary there is. What a joke.

    1. However you do get the same benefits the judges get except for the long term helhcare. That’s my point. Having said that their lack of work load is a joke we’ve put these people on a pedestal and little attention is paid to their actual time on the job. How about their outside legal practices? They are a disgrace. And they want to be addressed as the “Honorable”. Give us taxpayers a break…..

  2. What you don’t mention are the obscene pensions and benefits that all judiciary members get. The same as the hardworking legislators. Early pensions after 10 yrs service (do you get that??). How about long term healthcare, nursing home for both (do you get that??). By the way staffs get the same benefits except long term healthcare 😩. The hypocrisy will never end until the trough is eliminated.

    1. No wonder these judges have no sense of justice when dealing with hardworking common slugs earning only a fraction of their salaries.

      1. The reason that they get the same lifetime benefits as the “hardworking legislators” is simple….if anyone sues about these obscene benefits who hears the case? Yup, the same ones that get the same benefits, so guess what the outcome will be?





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