Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary
Administrative Law Judges in the United States can expect to earn an average of $89K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Administrative Law Judges making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$43,500 - $148,000|
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|$35,389 - $136,729|
|Hourly Rate||$14.06 - $34.89|
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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.Read More...
Administrative law judges must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as analytical and decision-making skills. They exercise great judgment in their profession, and must maintain a respectful and diplomatic demeanor at all times. They may occasionally organize mediation agreements between two entities, as well.
Of course, a law degree is required for this position, and specific coursework during law school will include contract, property, and constitutional law. In order to be a United States judge, one must pass judicial requirements which include a passing score on a U.S. Office of Personnel Management exam, professional orientation, and prior experience in the field.
Administrative law judges generally work in local and state courthouses during regular daytime hours, and work with bailiffs, police officers, lawyers, defendants, and the public as a whole.
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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $49K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $94K.
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