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

An average U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employee can expect to make $70K annually. Though how long you've been working and your city are influential salary factors for those at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) typically pays:
above market
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Employer: U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Claims Representative (14)
$32,100 - $72,887  
[-]Claims Representative (14)
Salary$31,660 - $73,257  
Bonus$78.20 - $2,535  
Total Pay$32,100 - $72,887  
[+]Attorney / Lawyer (8)
$59,781 - $127,393  
[+]Attorney / Lawyer (8)
Salary$56,659 - $128,855  
Total Pay$59,781 - $127,393  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (7)
$27,696 - $60,044  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (7)
Salary$28,015 - $53,538  
Total Pay$27,696 - $60,044  
[+]Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer (4)
$70,808 - $212,523  
[+]Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, or Hearing Officer (4)
Salary$76,074 - $186,350  
Bonus$13.17 - $2,868  
Total Pay$70,808 - $212,523  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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Administrative Law Judges represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $157K per year — though Information Technology Specialists, Attorneys, and Operations Supervisors also do fairly well at about $88K, approximately $84K, and $78K, respectively. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives ($38K on average).

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $41K annually. The largest slice of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workforce (30 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $80K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $97K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Md. ($90K), Seattle, Wash. (around $71K), and St. Louis, Mo. ($64K) are the next top-paying cities. Birmingham, Ala. is near the bottom for pay at approximately $52K. By state, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees make the most in District of Columbia, earning $97K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Lawyers, who make about $116K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Business Administration (MBA); U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) awards around $119K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $108K per year. A relatively widespread skill at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) is Customer Service; approximately one-fifth of employees use it for work. Claim Handling, Customer Relations, and Operations Management were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

As part of compensation, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) gives paid vacation to half of workers and paid sick leave to two-fifths of employees. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), the larger part of survey participants have health insurance, and a majority of employees have dental coverage. Some other perks 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
$40,411 - $103,866
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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