Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers amongst California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$68,460
25th Percentile Wage
$98,250
50th Percentile Wage
$125,560
75th Percentile Wage
$131,740
90th Percentile Wage
$170,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $170,400. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $125,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,460.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32.90
25th Percentile Wage
$47.24
50th Percentile Wage
$60.36
75th Percentile Wage
$63.34
90th Percentile Wage
$81.92

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $81.92. The median hourly salary is $60.36. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32.90.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016125,5604.33%12.03%
2015120,1204.06%-
2014115,240-0.10%-
2013115,3504.25%-
2012110,450--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in state of California ranges from $88,600 to $129,950. The highest paying area for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in California is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $129,950. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $125,570). The lowest paying area is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $88,600.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$129,950
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$125,570
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$125,560
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$125,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$125,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$119,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$95,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$88,600


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