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Arbitrators And Mediators - Career Information


Arbitrators prevent and solve disputes between organizations and people. An arbitrator evaluates evidence and applies policies, laws and regulations in order to make a decision. Arbiters assist in negotiations. The participants that hire the services of an arbitrator are required to agree to follow the arbitrators final decision. Their services are an alternative to using law suits for settling disputes.

Arbitrators are typically lawyers or businesspersons that have expertise in a specific field. Some specialize in the field of labor arbitration and bind management and labor to specific terms and conditions of a labor contract.

Mediators help people resolve disputes. Mediators may represent one or both parties in a dispute. Mediators represent businesses, labor unions, government and people involved in divorce and custody battles. They provide suggestions, however the two parties make the final decision.


  • Talk to people in order to learn the needs, concerns and interests of the participants
  • Collect information and evidence in order to understand the issues and possible outcomes
  • They should not favor one participant over the other participant
  • Make sure everyone involved understands the arbitration process
  • Coordinate meetings and hearings
  • Study similar disputes in order to make a decision
  • Interview witnesses
  • Determine if exceptions and evidence will be allowed

Job Characteristics

They should have strong morals and ethics. They also need good speaking and writing skills. Since they make decisions that are legally binding they need to be accurate in their work. Arbiters deal with all types of people.

Employment Outlook

The projected job growth is expected to be average for arbitrators from 2006 to 2016. Law firms will be one of the fastest growing sectors for arbitrators. A lot of people choose to settle out of court since arbitration typically costs less which increases the demand for arbiters. In addition, the median annual earnings for arbitrators, mediators and conciliators in 2008 was $50,650.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Typically, arbitrators have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Bachelor's degrees in business, public policy and social work are beneficial. Law degrees and master's degrees in conflict resolution are useful in the profession.

Numerous universities provide a master's degree in arbitration and conflict resolution. Professional associations provide specific training. Experience in law and business can help prepare a candidate for an arbitrator career.

Local and state governments typically require a bachelor's degree. Each state has its own requirements. Some states require an arbitrator to be an experienced lawyer.

Helpful courses for the occupation are law studies, consumer law, business law, public speaking and psychology.


Major Employers

The top job providers are local and state government agencies, law offices, and political, labor and business organizations.

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Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Arbitrators and Mediators

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Arbitrators and Mediators relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Phoenix 250 $36370 2.9
Mesa 250 $36370 2.9
Scottsdale 250 $36370 2.9
Tucson 0 $36580 0


Riverside 60 $65010 0.98
San Bernardino 60 $65010 0.98
Ontario 60 $65010 0.98
Sacramento 70 $86710 1.84
Roseville 70 $86710 1.84
Arden 70 $86710 1.84
Arcade 70 $86710 1.84
San Diego 0 $78940 0
Carlsbad 0 $78940 0
Los Angeles 0 $57000 0
Long Beach 0 $57000 0
Anaheim 0 $57000 0
San Francisco 140 $100140 1.41
Oakland 140 $100140 1.41
Hayward 140 $100140 1.41


Orlando 0 $56170 0
Kissimmee 0 $56170 0
Sanford 0 $56170 0
Miami 90 $42260 0.77
Fort Lauderdale 90 $42260 0.77
West Palm Beach 90 $42260 0.77
Tampa 60 $70210 1.07
St. Petersburg 60 $70210 1.07
Clearwater 60 $70210 1.07


Atlanta 150 $55040 1.34
Sandy Springs 150 $55040 1.34
Roswell 150 $55040 1.34


Indianapolis 40 $50430 0.81
Carmel 40 $50430 0.81
Anderson 40 $50430 0.81


Des Moines 0 $54080 0
West Des Moines 0 $54080 0


Baltimore 60 $48690 1
Columbia 60 $48690 1
Towson 60 $48690 1


Grand Rapids 0 $52160 0
Wyoming 0 $52160 0

New York

Albany 90 $82700 4.35
Schenectady 90 $82700 4.35
Troy 90 $82700 4.35


Cleveland 50 $77860 1.13
Elyria 50 $77860 1.13


Harrisburg 30 $71900 2.26
Carlisle 30 $71900 2.26
Pittsburgh 70 $60090 1.27

Puerto Rico

San Juan 80 $36530 2.57
Carolina 80 $36530 2.57
Caguas 80 $36530 2.57


Nashville 40 $42800 0.92
Davidson 40 $42800 0.92
Murfreesboro 40 $42800 0.92
Franklin 40 $42800 0.92


Austin 130 $48830 2.98
Round Rock 130 $48830 2.98
Houston 150 $72560 1.11
The Woodlands 150 $72560 1.11
Sugar Land 150 $72560 1.11
Dallas 90 $43980 0.6
Fort Worth 90 $43980 0.6
Arlington 90 $43980 0.6


Seattle 100 $72310 1.14
Tacoma 100 $72310 1.14
Bellevue 100 $72310 1.14


Madison 30 $46640 1.97
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Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
Arbitrators and Mediators

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Jobs Percent Salary
Government 2,620 28% $60,110
Insurance 2,400 25% $41,840
Professional And Technical Services 2,300 24% $47,550
Non-profit 1,420 15% $56,790
Business Management 210 2% $86,380
Office Services And Staffing 130 1% $65,190
Social Service 120 1% $30,460
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