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Average Salary for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) Employees

A salary of $69K per year is the median rate at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Though your experience level and geography are influential salary factors for those at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), your job title turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
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Social Security Admin., United States Social Security Administration

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Administrative Law Judges are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $157K annually; Information Technology Specialists, Attorneys, and Operations Supervisors also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $95K, $85K, and approximately $78K, respectively. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives (around $37K on average).

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $79K per year on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $40K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (28 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of around $84K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $97K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Md. ($89K), Pittsburgh, Pa. ($77K), and Seattle, Wash. (approximately $70K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($52K) in Birmingham, Ala., one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers in District of Columbia earn the most — $97K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Lawyers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $116K annually. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Customer Support Specialists with credentials; these people earn approximately $50K per year on average. Those with a law degree at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) come out on top, and their salaries approach $136K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $105K per year. A common skill in U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)'s work force is Customer Service; one in five of survey participants report using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Claim Handling, Customer Relations, and Operations Management.

Benefits and Perks

As part of compensation, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) gives paid vacation to half of employees and paid sick leave to two in five survey participants. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of employees, and the larger part of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Additional benefits of working here are flexible hours, a casual working environment, and life insurance.

Key Stats for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)


44 %
56 %
$34,521 - $82,573
$39,217 - $104,315
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
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