Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Administrative Law Judges in the United States pull down an average of $74K per year. Earnings generally vary between $36K and $141K per year. Women Administrative Law Judges who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,127 - $148,699
(Median)
$38K
$74K
$150K
MEDIAN: $74,085
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$14.40 - $35.71
(Median)
$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,127 - $148,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$36,231 - $141,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $35.71  
   
Overtime
$32.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$36,231 - $141,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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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Many Administrative Law Judges advance their careers by becoming Attorneys, who report a slightly higher median income of $81K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Administrative Law Judges who took the survey. 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.


Administrative Law Judges with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $60K. For Administrative Law Judges, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $98K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

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 39 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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