History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  Judicial Salaries
Judges of the Courts of Special Jurisdiction


District of Columbia Circuit Court (1801
1863), Supreme Court (18631936), and District Court (1936 )
Date Effective
Chief Judge
Assistant Judges
February 27, 1801
$2,000
$1,600
March 3, 1811
$2,200
$2,000
April 1, 1818
$2,700
$2,500
March 3, 1839
$100 in additional annual compensation to chief judge for patent work (repealed in 1852)
August 30, 1852
$25 in additional compensation to any judge of the court for each patent case heard, to be paid by the appellant (repealed in 1870)
March 3, 1857
$3,750
$3,500
March 3, 1863
$3,000
$3,000
June 2, 1866
$4,500
$4,000
July 1, 1891
$5,000
$5,000
March 1, 1903
$6,000
$6,000
March 1, 1919
$7,500
$7,500
July 1, 1920
$8,000
$7,500
January 1, 1927
$10,500
$10,000
August 1, 1946
$15,500
$15,000
March 1, 1955
$23,000
$22,500
July 1, 1964
$30,500
$30,000
March 1, 1969
$40,000
$40,000
Made equal to the salary of all other U.S. district court judges




District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Date Effective
Chief Justice
Associate Justices
April 3, 1893
$6,500
$6,000
March 1, 1903
$7,500
$7,000
March 1, 1919
$8,500
$8,500
July 1, 1920
$9,000
$8,500
January 1, 1927
$12,500
$12,500
Made equal to the salary of judges on the U.S. Courts of Appeals




Court of International Trade (1980
)
Same salaries as judges of the U.S. district courts




Court of Claims (1855
1982)
Date Effective
Chief Justice
Assistant Judges
February 24, 1855
$4,000
$4,000
July 1, 1873
$4,500
$4,500
March 1, 1903
$6,500
$6,000
March 1, 1919
$8,000
$7,500
January 1, 1927
$12,500
$12,500
August 1, 1946
$17,500
$17,500
March 1, 1955
$25,500
$25,500
July 1, 1964
$33,000
$33,000
March 1, 1969
$42,500
$42,500
October 1, 1975
$44,600
$44,600
October 1, 1976
$46,800
$46,800
March 1, 1977
$57,500
$57,500
October 1, 1979
$65,000
$65,000
October 1, 1980
$70,900
$70,900
October 1, 1981
$74,300
$74,300




U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1982
– )
Date Effective
Annual Salary
October 1, 1982
$57,500
December 18, 1982
$65,200
January 1, 1984
$67,800
January 1, 1985
$70,200
January 1, 1987
$72,300
March 1, 1987
$82,500
November 19, 1988
Henceforth equal to the salary of U.S. district court judges




U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (1910
1982)
Same salaries as judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals




Commerce Court (1910
1913)
This court was presided over by U.S. Court of Appeals judges who received $1,500 in additional yearly compensation for the performance of their duties on this court

 

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