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In 2016, using a grant from the State Justice Institute, the Kansas judicial branch contracted with the National Center for State Courts to study its job classifications and rates of compensation for both employees and district magistrate judges. The original study was released November 18, 2016.

In 2018, the Kansas judicial branch again asked the National Center for State Courts to update the salary study for district court employees. The update is captured in the 2018 report.


Magistrate Classification and Compensation Study

Data Update (2018)

2018 Appellate and District Court Compensation Study
2018 Salary Study Update Results for District Court

Data Update (2017)

Appellate and District Court Aged Compensation Recommendations – FY 2018

Salary Study Results for District Court (percent under market by classification) (updated 9-21-17)

Original Study (November 2016)

Appellate and District Court Classification and Compensation Study (executive summary)
Appellate and District Court Classification and Compensation Study
Magistrate Classification and Compensation Study

Funding Request

The judicial branch used data from the update to the job classification and compensation studies to prepare a supplemental budget request for fiscal year 2019 that includes $17.7 million in funding to raise compensation to market levels for all judicial branch personnel.

The supplemental funding will allow for:

Fact Sheets

Kansas District Judges' Actual Salaries Rank Dead Last
Kansas Judicial Branch Fast Facts (updated 1-2019)
Survey of Judicial Salaries from the National Center for State Courts
Kansas Judges Make Life-Altering Decisions
When Judicial Branch Employee Pay Stagnates (updated 1-2019)
Kansas Judicial Branch Budget (updated 12-2018)
Hidden Cost of Under Market Pay


02-06-19 Chief Justice Lawton Nuss highlights impact of Kansas courts, desire for more funds
02-06-19 KS Chief Justice Nuss praises courts, asks for more funding in annual address
02-06-19 Chief Justice asks for more judicial funding in speech

12-28-18 Kansas judicial branch employees to benefit from parental leave policy

09-25-18 Nuss: Court employees are underpaid

02-12-18 WBUR: Kansas Judicial Branch Wages So Low One Court Resorts To Food Pantry For Employees
02-06-18 Pivot Point: A food pantry to help court workers in need? Necessary but maddening
02-05-18 Sedgwick County District Court opens food pantry for low-paid judicial workers

01-18-18 Kansas chief justice voices 'serious concerns' over low wages
01-18-18 Nuss: Low wages makes it tough to find and keep qualified people
01-18-18 Kansas chief justice argues court system needs more funds
01-18-18 Kansas chief justice fears low wages crippling justice system

05-29-17 Editorial: Kansas judicial employees deserve a raise
04-27-17 Court system needs more funding, too
04-27-17 Editorial: Kansas judicial branch deserves a raise
04-25-17 Kansas judges seek pay raises
04-24-17 Chief justice: Court workers need raises now, and we need $20 million to do it
04-20-17 Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, Shawnee County judge seek pay raises for judiciary
04-01-17 Nuss shares wants, story

03-24-17 Court employees hopeful of raises this year
03-22-17 Laura M. Graham: Kansas must increase judicial funding
03-22-17 Stuck on stagnant pay, court employees are on a pay raise campaign
03-20-17 Kansas lawmakers advance 2 percent pay increase for most state workers
03-16-17 Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Says Court Staff Need Raises
03-15-17 Nuss Uses State of Judiciary Speech To Highlight Poor Judicial Branch Pay
03-15-17 Judges are underpaid, Kansas chief justice tells lawmakers
03-15-17 In Supreme Court chief’s opinion, court employees need raises
03-15-17 Nuss voices concern
03-15-17 Kansas chief justice proposes raises for judicial employees in address to Legislature

02-15-17 Court employees say state's financial crisis crippling judicial branch
02-02-17 Higher Kansas judicial branch pay gains committee nod
02-02-17 EDITORIAL: Judicial employee pay crossroads of restraint, expectations

01-31-17 Southwest Kansas Judge: 'We're in trouble' with low pay, making it harder to hire qualified workers at the courthouse
01-14-17 Courts seek funding hike

11-19-16 Kansas Supreme Court chief justice seeking higher pay for employees
11-18-16 Low pay is hurting Kansas court system, judicial employees say in plea
11-18-16 Kansas Judicial Branch Seeks More Money for Staff Salaries
11-18-16 Judicial Branch requests $20 million increase for 2018 budget
11-18-16 KS Chief Justice: Would-be criminals could go free if judges, clerks don't get raises
11-18-16 Kansas court system seeks funding increase for salaries
11-18-16 Kansas judicial branch requests $20 million for salary increases

News Releases

11-18-16 Kansas judicial branch releases studies showing employee pay below market by up to 22 percent
11-18-16 Photographs of November 18, 2016, news conference