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Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

The average Administrative Law Judge in the United States earns approximately $71K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $37K and $134K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$37,751 - $135,723
(Median)
$38K
$71K
$140K
MEDIAN: $70,701
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50%
90%

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$14.75 - $53.11
(Median)
$15
$24
$53
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,751 - $135,723  
   
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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$36,859 - $133,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $53.11  
   
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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$36,859 - $133,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.

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


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Administrative Law Judges may enjoy increased earnings if they become Attorneys. This seems to be a popular career move, and Attorney earn a slightly higher median of $81K annually.

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Administrative Law Judges who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $50K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. Administrative Law Judges claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $95K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $97K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

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 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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