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

The typical salary at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) is $74K annually. Your role at the company primarily drives compensation; however, how long you've been working and where you live are also reported as secondary influences on salary at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
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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 (12)
$31,659 - $77,318  
[-]Claims Representative (12)
Salary$31,208 - $78,470  
Bonus$5.68 - $1,504  
Total Pay$31,659 - $77,318  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
$29,000 - $62,809  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
Salary$28,706 - $57,293  
Total Pay$29,000 - $62,809  
[+]Attorney / Lawyer (6)
$58,719 - $122,948  
[+]Attorney / Lawyer (6)
Salary$55,709 - $126,059  
Total Pay$58,719 - $122,948  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (5)
$47,518 - $130,168  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (5)
Salary$42,956 - $138,496  
Bonus$427.95 - $5,570  
Total Pay$47,518 - $130,168  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) Details

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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 (approximately $93K) and Attorneys ($84K). Near the bottom at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) are Customer Service Representatives, pulling in just about $38K.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically $45K. To sum up, the greater portion of employees here (33 percent) have worked in their field for five to nine years and now make approximately $81K per year.


Median pay is highest in Washington, DC (about $99K annually), followed by Baltimore (around $96K), Pittsburgh ($77K), and Seattle ($71K). Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $47K) is Chicago. Across U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)'s U.S. offices, employees in the state of District of Columbia earn the most, taking home $99K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach about $116K for Licensed Lawyers; non-accredited workers make much less. Certified Public Accountant s also rank high on the pay scale, with expected earnings of $101K annually. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at approximately $117K per year.


Employees who count Operations Management among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $119K. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers usually know Project Management, Customer Relations, and Claim Handling as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has room for improvement — only one-half of workers are paid for vacation and 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. A strong majority of workers receive health insurance, and a majority of workers get dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are flexible hours, life insurance, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats

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
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

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