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Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officer Salary Information

The salary statistics of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,010
25th Percentile Wage
$65,760
50th Percentile Wage
$94,790
75th Percentile Wage
$126,420
90th Percentile Wage
$169,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers is $169,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,010. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 293% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$94,790
2.83% 7.96%
2016
$92,110
1.64% -
2015
$90,600
2.89% -
2014
$87,980
0.90% -
2013
$87,190
-0.06% -
2012
$87,240
- -

Table 2. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in 1 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$94,790

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers by States

From the above tables we note that not only administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,830 to $132,410. The highest paying state for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers is California with a median annual salary of $132,410. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $19,830. For more salary information of administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$132,410
Massachusetts
$126,590
Missouri
$124,950
Alabama
$124,380
Iowa
$113,100
Kansas
$109,770
Mississippi
$108,180
Indiana
$106,580
Colorado
$104,100
Wisconsin
$104,080
Rhode Island
$103,980
Minnesota
$103,750
New Jersey
$103,590
Florida
$102,980
North Dakota
$102,310
Alaska
$101,310
Michigan
$101,270
Maryland
$101,200
Tennessee
$100,020
Washington
$97,540
North Carolina
$97,260
Oklahoma
$94,390
New York
$94,310
Ohio
$94,230
Illinois
$94,140
Arizona
$93,320
South Carolina
$91,540
Connecticut
$90,450
Hawaii
$87,510
Texas
$85,810
Pennsylvania
$80,150
Virginia
$79,730
Utah
$78,240
Puerto Rico
$77,570
Idaho
$75,800
West Virginia
$72,340
Oregon
$71,760
Nevada
$69,790
New Hampshire
$67,300
Louisiana
$63,020
Montana
$62,820
Vermont
$60,540
Maine
$51,340
Georgia
$50,720
New Mexico
$49,440
Delaware
$48,480
Kentucky
$41,400
Nebraska
$36,980
Arkansas
$19,830



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