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

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees typically bring home $74K per year. At U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is what you do at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your experience level and where you live each factor into the equation as well. This synopsis is derived from responses to the PayScale's salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
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 (11)
$31,424 - $73,453  
[-]Claims Representative (11)
Salary$36,477 - $81,667  
Bonus$4.82 - $1,684  
Total Pay$31,424 - $73,453  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
$29,422 - $62,551  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
Salary$28,984 - $57,111  
Total Pay$29,422 - $62,551  
[+]Attorney / Lawyer (6)
$58,255 - $126,762  
[+]Attorney / Lawyer (6)
Salary$55,043 - $125,698  
Total Pay$58,255 - $126,762  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (5)
$45,390 - $137,037  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (5)
Salary$45,132 - $139,254  
Bonus$432.34 - $7,325  
Total Pay$45,390 - $137,037  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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Social Security Admin., United States Social Security Administration

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The highest average salaries go to Administrative Law Judges, who bring in close to $157K, though Information Technology Specialists are not far behind at around $95K along with Government Attorneys ($93K) and Attorneys (approximately $84K). Among the lower-paid positions at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) are Customer Service Representatives — typical salaries for this role approach $38K.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $45K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees (33 percent) have five to nine years of experience and typically earn $81K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $99K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Baltimore ($96K), Pittsburgh ($77K), and Seattle (about $71K) are the next top-paying cities. Chicago ranks low on the pay scale — at around $47K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, District of Columbia offers the highest pay at $99K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Lawyers earn about $116K, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Public Accountant is rewarded at $101K per year. Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) come out on top, and their salaries approach around $117K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Operations Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $119K. Folks here also tend to know Customer Service; on the survey, slightly less than one-fifth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Project Management, Customer Relations, and Claim Handling were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

Half of workers — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. The greater part of workers receive health insurance, and more than half of workers get dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, life insurance, and a casual working environment.

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


44 %
56 %
$34,616 - $81,844
$42,090 - $113,792
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 40 votes.

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