Appeals Referee

Adjudicate social welfare tax or benefit eligibility issues.
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Salary Range
$40,000 – $157,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Appeals Referees do?

Adjudicates social welfare tax or benefit eligibility issues filed by disabled or unemployed claimants or employers: Arranges and conducts hearings to discover pertinent facts bearing on claim in accord with federal and state laws and procedures. Renders decisions affirming or denying previous ruling, based on testimony, claim records, applicable provisions of law, and established precedents. Writes decision explaining ruling and informs interested parties of results. Confers with personnel of employer or agency involved to obtain additional information bearing on appeal, and to clarify future implications of decisions. May participate in court proceedings against claimants attempting to obtain benefits through fraud. May render informal opinions on points of law in questionable cases to facilitate initial determination of benefit eligibility or imposition of penalties. May be required to hold law degree or license to practice law.


Should I be an Appeals Referee?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Appeals Board Referee, Appeals Officer, Appellate Conferee

    How to become an Appeals Referee

    Most Appeals Referees have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:qgbla9&chl=no+college+%2813%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2830%25%29||doctorate+%2850%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,13,50
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