The Florida Chamber Foundation study released Monday was done for the Florida Bar.
Florida judges were paid $142,178 in 2009, putting them below such states as California, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The report recommends a raise to reduce that gap. It includes a survey showing the main factor deterring experienced lawyers from becoming judges is the higher pay they can get in private practice.
The study says investing in the judicial system would improve the state’s economic development by making sure commercial disputes are resolved promptly and efficiently.