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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,730
25th Percentile Wage
$62,950
50th Percentile Wage
$92,110
75th Percentile Wage
$122,700
90th Percentile Wage
$162,400

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 $162,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,730. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 289% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201692,1101.64%5.29%
201590,6002.89%-
201487,9800.90%-
201387,190-0.06%-
201287,240--

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
$92,110

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 $19,410 to $125,560. The highest paying state for administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers is California with a median annual salary of $125,560. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $19,410. 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
$125,560
Massachusetts
$122,760
Alabama
$122,350
Missouri
$116,080
Colorado
$108,940
Indiana
$107,500
Kansas
$106,960
Alaska
$104,360
New Jersey
$104,300
Iowa
$104,160
Minnesota
$103,000
North Dakota
$102,310
Wisconsin
$101,990
Michigan
$99,760
Maryland
$98,790
Rhode Island
$98,790
Ohio
$93,800
Mississippi
$92,890
New York
$92,890
Illinois
$92,630
Arizona
$91,450
Washington
$90,290
Connecticut
$89,970
South Carolina
$89,140
Texas
$86,170
Oklahoma
$85,760
Hawaii
$84,840
Pennsylvania
$83,990
Virginia
$77,500
Puerto Rico
$74,570
Utah
$71,460
West Virginia
$67,300
Oregon
$64,990
Louisiana
$62,030
Nevada
$61,940
Montana
$61,430
New Hampshire
$60,840
Vermont
$59,580
Georgia
$50,630
Maine
$48,660
New Mexico
$47,990
Delaware
$47,560
Kentucky
$41,040
Arkansas
$19,410



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