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

The median income for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees is $65K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees is what you do at the company, though where you live and how long you've been working play a role as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Attorneys rake in the most money, with average earnings of $105K per year; Attorney-Adviser (Special Counsel)s come in second with average earnings amounting to $82K, while Information Technology Specialists and Insurance Claims Specialists rank near the top as well (about $77K and $68K, respectively). Customer Service Representatives at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $38K on average) at the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $97K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Md. (approximately $74K), Philadelphia, Pa. ($70K), and Kansas City, Mo. ($58K) are the next top-paying cities. New York, N.Y. ranks low on the pay scale — at $43K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, California offers the highest pay at about $75K per year.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $40K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (26 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $63K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $80K annually for Licensed Lawyers; non-accredited workers make much less. Earning a Scrum Master Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of about $76K per year on average. It pays to have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) — these employees make the most at $95K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Technical Writing; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $101K per year. A common skill in U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)'s work force is Customer Service; over a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are Claim Handling, Microsoft Office, and Problem Solving.

Benefits and Perks

31 percent have paid vacation, and only about 38 percent can take paid time off for illness. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Nearly all survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of respondents also include dental insurance. Perks also include flexible hours, life insurance, and a casual working environment.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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