Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Administrative Law Judges in the United States take home an average $79K per year. The majority of Administrative Law Judges claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Administrative Law Judges (54 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,440 - $141,895
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MEDIAN: $78,809
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$14.93 - $45.37
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$42,440 - $141,895  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$3.00  
Total Pay (?
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$36,554 - $134,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $45.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,554 - $134,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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Job Description for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer

Administrative law judges oversee legal procedures for local, state, and federal offices and courtrooms; they generally work for the government and are responsible for adjudicating claims for benefits that it offers. They thoroughly review evidence, documentation, and other factors to determine rulings, as well as research and analyze policies, laws, precedent decisions, and regulations to prepare for hearings and determine conclusions.

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Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Tasks

  • Accept and review cases prior to hearings.
  • Perform legal research and uphold legal statutes.
  • Consider arguments, issue decisions and write justifications.
  • Schedule hearings and certify transcripts.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer


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A lot of Administrative Law Judges move on to become Attorneys, that group gets paid a slightly higher $81K on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer

Pay by Experience for an Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 24 salaries. An Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 12 salaries.

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Key Stats for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salaries

Experienced
▲34%

Late-Career
▲29%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
▼19%

Entry-Level
▼33%

Skills That Affect Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salaries

Legal Research
▲13%

National Average
$73,000

Legal Document Review
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%
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