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

U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) pays its employees $64K annually on average. What you do at the company influences pay for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers the most, followed by geography and how long you've been working. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Attorneys earn the highest median pay at around $97K per year, followed by Operations Supervisors ($80K), Information Technology Specialists (about $77K), and Claims Representatives ($64K). With salaries averaging $39K, Customer Service Representatives are among the lowest paid at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $90K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Dallas, Texas ($83K), Baltimore, Md. ($73K), and Atlanta, Ga. (around $66K) are the next top-paying cities. Kansas City, Mo. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $41K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers in District of Columbia earn the most — $90K per year on average.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is about $41K annually. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $62K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Lawyers, who make approximately $78K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Scrum Master Certification is rewarded with median pay of around $76K per year. At U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), employees who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) receive the highest salaries at $92K.


When it comes to skills, Operations Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of about $87K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Customer Service; just under one in three deem it necessary for work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Claim Handling, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A third of workers have paid vacation, and only about two in five respondents can take paid time off for illness. With an eye toward the future, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Almost all survey participants report having health insurance, and a strong majority of workers report having dental coverage. Other privileges include flexible hours, a casual working environment, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

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