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2016 Judicial Branch Classification and Compensation Study

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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.

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

Salary Study Results for District Court (percent under market by classification)

Funding Request

The judicial branch used data from the two job classification and compensation studies to prepare a budget request that includes funding for market increases for all judicial branch employees and judges.

The request includes $20.3 million beyond the branch's base operating budget in fiscal year 2018 and $20.4 million in fiscal year 2019 to allow for making much needed market adjustments.

The funding will allow for:


Judicial branch funding — including pay increases and other enhancements — is included in two bills pending before the Kansas Legislature:

House Bill 2365
Senate Bill 190

Fact Sheets

Kansas Judicial Branch Salaries
Kansas Judicial Branch Budget
Kansas Judicial Branch Fast Facts
When Judicial Branch Employee Pay Stagnates


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

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

11-18-17 Kansas judicial branch releases studies showing employee pay below market by up to 22 percent
11-18-17 Photographs of November 18, 2016, news conference