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

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees bring home $69K annually on average. Your job title plays the largest role in compensation at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), but how long you've been working and geography affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) typically pays:
above market
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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 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 approximately $95K, about $85K, and around $78K, respectively. With salaries averaging $37K, Customer Service Representatives are among the lowest paid at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $40K annually. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $79K per year on average. The largest slice of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workforce (28 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, approximately $84K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $97K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Md. ($89K), Pittsburgh, Pa. (around $77K), and Seattle, Wash. ($70K) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $52K, Birmingham, Ala. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of around $97K annually) in District of Columbia.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Licensed Lawyer certainly has its perks — salaries approach $116K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Customer Support Specialists also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $50K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a law degree; U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) awards $136K to these degree-holders.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of about $105K per year. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Customer Service; about one in five deem it necessary for work. Some other standard skills here 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 one-half of survey participants and paid sick leave to two in five respondents. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. For a large number of employees, benefits include health insurance, and the larger part of workers get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include 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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