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
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:
- increasing pay for employees from 4.6 percent up to 22.2 percent, based on job
- increasing magistrate judge pay by just over 22 percent;
- bringing pay for district judges up to an average of the neighboring states of Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Judicial branch funding — including pay increases and other enhancements — is included in two bills pending before the Kansas Legislature:
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