How much does Judge Judys Burt the Bailiff get paid?

While Petri Hawkins-Byrd has refused to reveal his salary, he is known as the world's richest bailiff with a net worth of $3.5 Million. Judge Judy’s bailiff is a paid actor. Because he was once a real bailiff in Sheindlin's courtroom, he got the job.

According to, the average yearly salary for a bailiff is $25,500. Starting out you can expect to earn around $21,000 a year.

Petri Hawkins-Byrd started working as a bailiff in the Brooklyn court system before moving to the Family Court in Manhattan. He began working for Judge Judith Sheindlin while serving as a bailiff in Manhattan. He wrote her a letter of congratulations after hearing that Judge Sheindlin was going to have her own court show. Sheindlin then called him and invited him to work as her bailiff on the show.

Of interest, Judge Judy recently became a plaintiff, filing her first-ever lawsuit. The popular TV personality claims that a Connecticut personal injury law firm used her name and image without her permission. Find out more from

Updated on Tuesday, April 01 2014 at 05:18AM EDT
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