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Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Administrative Law Judges who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up roughly one-half of Administrative Law Judges. Pay fluctuates from $34K to $141K per year, but expected earnings average $72K annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Administrative Law Judges enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$37,406 - $145,317
(Median)
37K
72K
110K
150K
MEDIAN: $72,004
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$12.45 - $52.35
(Median)
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34
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,406 - $145,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
Total Pay (?
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$34,478 - $140,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $52.35  
   
Overtime
$27.15 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
   
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).
)
$34,478 - $140,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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Job Description for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer


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Typically, Administrative Law Judges go on to take higher-end positions such as Attorney. Average pay for Attorneys is $80K.

Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Job Listings

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Administrative Law Judges typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Administrative Law Judges with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $48K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $61K. On average, Administrative Law Judges make $96K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 49%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

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 48 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%