With close to one-half of Administrative Law Judges in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Administrative Law Judges is $88K annually and can range from $36K on the lower end to $139K per year near the higher end. Male Administrative Law Judges are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$39,453 - $152,356
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $87,645
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$14.06 - $34.89
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,453 - $152,356  
   
Bonus
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$752  
Total Pay (?
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$35,535 - $138,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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$35,535 - $138,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Many Administrative Law Judges transition into upper-level Attorney positions. Attorneys earn a median of $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.


Administrative Law Judges who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. 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 $102K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

National Average
$71,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 25%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

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

Legal Research
up arrow 6%

National Average
$71,000

Legal Document Review
up arrow 26%

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
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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