Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer Salary

Median pay for Administrative Law Judges in the United States is around $70K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $37K, and the higher rates verge on $134K per year. Women make up a slight majority of Administrative Law Judges (59 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Administrative Law Judges. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,111 - $135,683
(Median)
$37K
$70K
$140K
MEDIAN: $69,529
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$15.04 - $63.56
(Median)
$15
$24
$64
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,111 - $135,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Total Pay (?
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$36,727 - $134,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $63.56  
   
Overtime
$27.15 - $37.97  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$36,727 - $134,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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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A lot of Administrative Law Judges move on to become Attorneys, that group gets paid a slightly higher $81K on average.

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Survey takers who work as Administrative Law Judges typically report just a few professional skills. 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.


For many Administrative Law Judges, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $50K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $61K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Administrative Law Judges make a median salary 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 $98K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%