Annual Supplemental Compensation

Chapter 31 of the Texas Government Code authorizes the counties in each Court of Appeals district to pay each justice of the Court of Appeals for that district a sum not to exceed $15,000 per year for judicial and administrative services rendered. This compensation is in addition to the salary paid by the State. Sec. 659.012, Government Code, limits the total salary for a justice of a Court of Appeals to a combined sum from state and county sources of $1,000 less than the state salary paid to a justice of the Supreme Court. This same provision limits the chief justices of the Courts of Appeals to receive a combined salary of $500 less than the state salary paid to justices of the Supreme Court. As of September 1, 1997, the annual state salary paid to a justice of the Supreme Court was $109,000.

Various sections of Chapter 32, Government Code, authorize the state salaries of some district court judges to be supplemented from county funds. The General Appropriations Act for fiscal years 1998 - 1999 provides that the combined yearly salary of a judge of a district court may not exceed and amount that is $1,000 less than the combined yearly salary received by justices of Court of Appeals in whose district the district court is located.

The following detailed information regarding supplemental compensation was obtained from affidavits on file with the State Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Justices of the Courts of Appeals

Supplements for the year beginning September 1, 1997
paid by the counties in addition to the basic state salary of
$104,050 for Chief Justices and $103,550 for Justices.

Total Annual
Supplemental Compensation

Court of 
Appeals Districts


Chief Justice


1st  Houston  $4,450 $4,450
2nd  Fort Worth




 4,450  4,450
5th Dallas   4,450  4,450
8th  El Paso   4,450  4,450
9th Beaumont  4,450  4,450
10th Waco  4,450  4,450
11th  Eastland   4,450  4,450
13th Corpus Christi  4,450  4,450
14th Houston  4,450  4,450
7th Amarillo   3,734   3,734
4th  San Antonio   3,541  3,551
6th Texarkana  3,537  3,568
12th Tyler  3,551   3,551
12th Tyler  1,911