Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

The average Administrative Law Judge in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $72K per year. Compensation ranges between $37K and $137K per year. For the most part, Administrative Law Judges enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$37,820 - $139,991
(Median)
$38K
$72K
$140K
MEDIAN: $71,698
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90%

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$14.71 - $36.39
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,820 - $139,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$36,859 - $137,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $36.39  
   
Overtime
$27.15 - $37.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$36,859 - $137,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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

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

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Administrative Law Judges usually report a few specific skills. Legal Document Review and Legal Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Legal Research and Legal Document Review as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Administrative Law Judges. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $65K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Administrative Law Judges who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $99K on average.

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Experience Affects Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

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

National Average
$68,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 23%

Legal Research
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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