Honolulu Civil Beat - In an effort to increase transparency, got ahold of all the salaries for the judiciary. Here is some information from their article:

Highest Paid

The judiciary functions under Mark Recktenwald, chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, who is the highest paid employee of the court system with an annual salary of $156,727. Recktenwald was named to the position last fall, following the mandatory retirement of Ronald Moon.

A Civil Beat analysis of the salary data shows that justices and judges earn the most.


Chief Justice: $156,727
Associate Justice, four positions: $151,118
Chief Judge, one position: $145,532
Associate Judge, five positions: $139,924
Circuit Judge, 32 positions: $136,127
District Judge, 36 positions: $128,296

The salaries of Hawaii's circuit judges — at $136,127 — ranks dead last among other states and the District of Columbia, according to a 2011 report by the National Center for State Courts. That fifty-first lowest ranking reflects an adjustment for cost of living1. With cost of living factored in, the report found Hawaii circuit judges earn $82,134.

In terms of raw ranking, Hawaii's circuit judges fall in the No. 24 spot in the report. Illinois trial court judges earn the most in the nation, both in terms of raw ranking ($178,835) and with cost-of-living adjustments ($186,011), the report found.

Hawaii's high court justices — with $151,118 salaries — rank No. 23 among the states and D.C., while California's high court justices ranked No. 1 with salaries of $218,237.

In broader terms, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says workers in the "judges, magistrate judges and magistrates" category earn a median salary of $119,260. (Federal district judges, whose salaries are not included in this database, earn $174,000.)

Here's a look at the Hawaii Judiciary's highest-paid employees. Note, the list includes 79 employees, but only six job titles, as many share the same title. 

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View a searchable database of all judiciary employees HERE

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