Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Average Administrative Law Judges in the United States make around $87K per year. Male Administrative Law Judges are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Administrative Law Judges, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,905 - $149,945
$43K
$87K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,479
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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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Salary
$42,905 - $149,945  
   
Bonus
$1,125  
Profit Sharing
$3.00  
Total Pay (?
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$35,230 - $137,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $34.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$41.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,125  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.00  
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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$35,230 - $137,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 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

Pay by Experience for an Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 24 salaries. An Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 12 salaries.

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

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salaries

Experienced
▲39%

Late-Career
▲34%

National Average
$70,000

Mid-Career
▼16%

Entry-Level
▼30%

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

Legal Research
▲18%

National Average
$70,000

Legal Document Review
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 8%
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