Statutory Salary Listings and Potential Pay Increases
My name is James Wirth. As a lawyer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one question that I often get asked is how much money Oklahoma district court judges make. Fortunately, the answer to this question is simple and straightforward, as it is laid out in Title 20, section 92.1A of the Oklahoma statutes.
According to the statute, district court judges in Oklahoma are paid an annual salary of $145,567. Associate district judges, of which there is one per county in the state, are paid the same salary of $134,261. Special judges, who are appointed to preside over specific cases, are paid a lower salary of $122,954. These salaries went into effect on April 28th, 2021.
Possible Future Changes to Judge Pay in Oklahoma
It’s worth noting that there may be changes on the horizon when it comes to judge pay in Oklahoma. The board responsible for making recommendations regarding judge pay has proposed a 7.67% increase in salaries for all three types of judges. If this increase were to go into effect, district court judges would make $156,000+, associate district judges would make $144,000+, and special judges would make $132,000+.
It’s important to keep in mind that these proposed changes are not yet set in stone, but they do highlight the fact that judge pay in Oklahoma is subject to change based on the recommendations of the board. As an attorney, I will be keeping a close eye on any further developments in this area.
Contact an Attorney for Legal Advice
If you have additional questions related to Oklahoma law, it’s always best to seek the advice of an attorney who can provide you with guidance specific to your circumstances. To schedule a consultation with an Oklahoma court attorney at my office, please visit our website at makelaweasy.com. We look forward to helping you navigate the legal system with ease.