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 among 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$68,840
25th Percentile Wage
$103,020
50th Percentile Wage
$132,410
75th Percentile Wage
$139,070
90th Percentile Wage
$172,110

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 $172,110. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $132,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,840.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$132,410
5.17% 16.58%
2016
$125,560
4.33% -
2015
$120,120
4.06% -
2014
$115,240
-0.10% -
2013
$115,350
4.25% -
2012
$110,450
- -

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 $87,620 to $133,950. The highest paying area for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $133,950. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (mean annual salary $132,530). The lowest paying area is Fresno with a median annual salary of $87,620.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$133,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$132,530
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$132,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$127,310
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$127,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$127,300
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$123,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$95,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$88,600
Fresno
$87,620




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