Hawaii civil affairs news organization releases 2012 salary information for entire state judiciary
The Civil Beat used Hawaii's Open Records Laws to obtain the names, positions, and salaries of all employees in the state judiciary. In their analysis, the Civil Beat found that Judges are the highest paid employees within the judiciary, with salaries ranging from $156,727 for Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald to $128,296 for the District Judges. At the same time, it was noted according to the National Center for State Courts that Hawaii ranked last of all 50 states on salaries for judges when adjusted for cost of living in 2011.
In addition, about 70 percent of the court's $144 million budget is spent on payroll, which represents less than 3 percent of the entire state general budget fund.
For more information on the database, or to search for the salary of a specific judge, visit: Civil Beat, "Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Hawaii Judiciary"