According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for judges in 2012 was $115,760. This indicates that half of the judges earned less, while half brought in more. The lowest earners took in $30,060, while the top 10 percent made over $166,880.
The BLS explains that a judgeship is typically a full-time position. When preparing for cases, judges often put in additional hours. Certain judges are on-call weekends and nights to deal with emergencies, including search warrants and restraining orders.
Becoming a judge usually begins with obtaining a law degree, the BLS states. Most judges have worked in the legal field for many years. Some judges are appointed to the bench, while others are elected.