Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Administrative Law Judges in the United States take home an average $71K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $36K, and the top verges on $135K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,487 - $137,460

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$14.19 - $36.22

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,487 - $137,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
Total Pay (?
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$35,680 - $135,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $36.22  
   
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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$35,680 - $135,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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

  • 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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Survey takers who work as 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.


For many Administrative Law Judges, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $50K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Administrative Law Judges with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Administrative Law Judges with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $99K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

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

National Average
$68,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 22%

Legal Research
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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