How much do SCOTUS Justices make? Some State Supremes actually earn more, others much less

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Many state court chief justices are asking for more money for courts and judicial salaries. How much do Justices make anyway?

Chron:

SCOTUS:

The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court earned an annual salary of $223,500 as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The court’s eight associate justices averaged $213,900. Those wages were nearly double an annual median of $119,270 for all judges. Federal salaries also bested pay among state Supreme Courts. State chief justices made a median of $152,500 a year, while associate justices earned $146,917. As of 2012, pay for federal judges had not increased since 2009.

State Supremes:

Pay for justices who serve on state high courts varies. Justices in some states earn more than U.S. Supreme Court associate justices. That’s the case in California, where judges earned $218,237 a year as of 2011, for the highest state-court pay in the nation. Justices in Illinois took home $209,344, while judges in Alaska made $192,372. Rounding out the top five states for pay were Pennsylvania, at $189,620, and New Jersey, at $185,482. Justices serving on the Mississippi Supreme Court earned the least, at $112,530 a year. South Dakota ranked 49th for pay, at $118,173. Supreme Court justices in Maine earned $119,476. Other states in the bottom five included Idaho, with pay of $119,506, and Montana, at $121,434.

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