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What is an Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator?

Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator Job Description Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

Daily Life Of an Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator

  • Conduct studies of appeals procedures to ensure adherence to legal requirements or to facilitate disposition of cases.
  • Prepare written opinions or decisions regarding cases.
  • Conduct hearings to obtain information or evidence relative to disposition of claims.
  • Rule on exceptions, motions, or admissibility of evidence.
  • Authorize payment of valid claims.
  • Set up appointments for parties to meet for mediation.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as an Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator?

Below is a list of the skills most Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators say are important on the job.

Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Labor Mediator
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator)
  • Divorce Mediator
  • Labor Arbitrator
  • Ombudsman

Job Opportunities for Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

There were about 7,800 jobs for Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 900 new jobs for Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 400 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator are Nebraska, Florida, and South Carolina. Watch out if you plan on working in Arkansas, Ohio, or New Hampshire. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Make A Lot Of Money?

The typical yearly salary for Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators is somewhere between $36,590 and $124,480.


Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators who work in District of Columbia, New Jersey, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

How much do Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $68,190
Alaska $86,570
Arizona $61,450
California $97,430
Colorado $59,500
Connecticut $66,890
District of Columbia $98,850
Florida $61,790
Georgia $74,400
Illinois $90,020
Indiana $50,700
Kansas $54,540
Kentucky $50,710
Louisiana $55,550
Maryland $48,830
Massachusetts $79,880
Michigan $67,440
Minnesota $93,310
Missouri $64,670
Montana $45,900
Nebraska $43,840
New Hampshire $65,490
New Jersey $98,930
New York $85,910
North Carolina $45,150
Ohio $65,670
Oklahoma $57,050
Oregon $77,820
Pennsylvania $69,280
South Carolina $62,580
Tennessee $65,980
Texas $62,390
Utah $53,690
Virginia $54,680
Washington $75,090
West Virginia $78,510
Wisconsin $66,600

Tools & Technologies Used by Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Word processing software
  • SAP
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Scheduling software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Salesforce software

How to Become an Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator

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Where Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Are Employed


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