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.

$43,500 - $148,000
$44K
$89K
$150K
MEDIAN: $88,622
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50%
90%

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$14.06 - $34.89
$14
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $19.48
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,500 - $148,000  
   
Bonus
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$752  
Total Pay (?
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$35,389 - $136,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $34.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$752  
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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$35,389 - $136,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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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Many Administrative Law Judges move into Attorney roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $81K per year.

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

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salaries

Experienced
▲39%

Late-Career
▲30%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
▼18%

Entry-Level
▼32%

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

Legal Research
▲14%

National Average
$73,000

Legal Document Review
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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