Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Average Administrative Law Judges in the United States make around $74K annually. Compensation ranges between $36K and $141K per year. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. The majority of Administrative Law Judges claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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 (?
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: 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 into a slightly higher-paying Attorney position. Average compensation for Attorneys is $81K.

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Job skills reported by Administrative Law Judges are limited. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $48K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $60K. For Administrative Law Judges, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark 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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