2012 Pay Tables
Judiciary pay is made up of base pay plus a locality pay component, and a cost-of-living allowance component (for states and US territories outside the contiguous US). There are multiple pay systems, but the majority of the Judiciary employees are covered by a pay banded system called the Court Personnel System. Pay is set at the local court level and is based on qualifications for the job such as length or quality of experience, specific job skills, and/or education level.
Court Personnel System
The Court Personnel System (CPS) covers most court employees who work in appellate court units, bankruptcy and district court clerks' offices, and probation and pretrial services offices. The CPS classification system provides 12 pay bands. Each band includes a developmental range allowing employees to advance at a faster pace while they learn the job, and a full performance range. The bands provide considerable flexibility to courts in setting pay for their employees.
CPS Pay Rates (non-law enforcement officer)
CPS Pay Rates (law enforcement officer)
Judiciary Salary Plan
The Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP) covers all executives and their second-in-commands; the judges' personal staff; court interpreters; and court law clerks. These pay rates are also used for graded employees in Federal Public Defender Organizations.
JSP Pay Rates
Court reporters in the federal judiciary have a unique compensation structure that includes both salary and transcript income. The pay rates listed reflect the salary component of court reporter income.
Court Reporter Pay Rates (For Court Reporters Hired Before Oct. 11, 2009)
Court Reporter Pay Rates (For Court Reporters Hired On or After Oct. 11, 2009)
Special Rate Schedules
Special rate schedules apply to positions such as legal technicians/clerks and typists in certain geographic areas experiencing recruitment and retention problems due to higher pay rates for similar positions in the private sector.
CPS Special Pay Rates