The pay of Mississippi judges and prosecutors is just about the lowest in the country and it looks like the Mississippi legislature isn’t of a mind to do anything about it despite a plea to lift them out of the basement. In Arkansas, where the pay was already significantly higher, judges recently got a raise from the legislature of about 3.85 percent and prosecutors got an 8 percent pay raise.

In Mississippi, prosecutors make about $95,000 and judges make from about $104,000 at the trial court level to $112,000 at the Supreme Court. The recently approved Arkansas pay raise gives prosecutors in the most populous districts a salary beginning July 1 of more than $119,000. Judges will make from $136,000 to $156,864 for the Supreme Court chief justice.


State-by-state comparison of judicial pay in a 2008 survey here.