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

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees bring home $69K per year on average. What you do at the company influences pay for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers the most, followed by your experience level and where you live. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Administrative Law Judges, Information Technology Specialists, Attorneys, and Operations Supervisors; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $152K annually, the other salaries come in at $95K, about $85K, and $78K, 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 ($37K on average) at the company.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $79K per year. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $40K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make around $85K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($97K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Md. (approximately $89K), Pittsburgh, Pa. (about $77K), and Seattle, Wash. ($70K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Chicago, Ill. at about $52K. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers in District of Columbia earn the most — approximately $97K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Lawyers earn around $116K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Customer Support Specialists with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $50K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Business Administration (MBA); U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) awards $119K to these degree-holders.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $101K annually. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to know Claim Handling, Customer Relations, and Operations Management.

Benefits and Perks

One-half of respondents have paid vacation, and only about two-fifths of respondents can take paid time off for illness. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Most employees have health insurance, and benefits for a majority of workers also include dental insurance. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) folks also make good use of flexible hours, a casual working environment, and life insurance.

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


43 %
57 %
$34,521 - $82,601
$40,592 - $100,984
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

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