History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  Judicial Salaries
U.S. District Court Judges


District Judge salaries varied by State, 1789-1891 [
List of District Judge Salaries by State]
Year
Minimum
Maximum
1789
$800
$1,800
1812
$800
$3,000
1816
$800
$3,100
1817
$800
$3,000
1830
$1,200
$3,500
1844
$1,200
$3,800
1847
$1,200
$3,500
1852
$1,200
$5,000
1854
$1,200
$3,500
1860
$1,200
$6,000
1862
$1,200
$3,500
1866
$1,200
$4,500
1867
$3,500
$5,000

In 1891 salaries for district court judges were made uniform.
Date Effective
Annual Salary
February 24, 1891
$5,000
March 1, 1903
$6,000
March 1, 1919
$7,500
January 1, 1927
$10,000
August 1, 1946
$15,000
March 1, 1955
$22,500
July 1, 1964
$30,000
March 1, 1969
$40,000
October 1, 1975
$42,000
October 1, 1976
$44,000
March 1, 1977
$54,500
October 1, 1979
$61,500
October 1, 1980
$67,100
October 1, 1981
$70,300
October 1, 1982
$73,100
January 1, 1984
$76,000
January 1, 1985
$78,700
January 1, 1987
$81,100
March 1, 1987
$89,500
February 1, 1990
$96,600
January 1, 1991
$125,100
January 1, 1992
$129,500
January 1, 1993
$133,600
January 1, 1998
$136,700
January 1, 2000
$141,300
January 1, 2001
$145,100
January 1, 2002
$150,000
January 1, 2003
$154,700
January 1, 2004
$158,100
January 1, 2005
$162,100
January 1, 2006
$165,200
January 1, 2008
$169,300
January 1, 2009
$174,000
January 1, 2014
$199,100

 

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