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Judicial Salaries: U.S. Magistrate Judges

Date Effective
Annual Salary (full-time)  
October 17, 1968
Not to exceed $22,500
Salary to be determined by the Judicial Conference based on the number and nature of cases brought before the magistrate
September 21, 1972
Not to exceed 75 percent of the salary of a district judge
October 17, 1976
Not to exceed salary of full-time bankruptcy referee
November 6, 1978
Not to exceed $48,500
March 1, 1987
October 1, 1988
  Henceforth magistrate judges receive a salary, determined by the Judicial Conference, of up to 92 percent of the salary of district judges.