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

The average U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employee earns $69K annually. Where you live is the biggest factor affecting pay for U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers, followed by your job title and how long you've been working. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($98K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Tacoma, Wash. (around $83K), Baltimore, Md. ($81K), and Seattle, Wash. ($70K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (approximately $40K) in Kansas City, Mo., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in District of Columbia, where the average salary is about $98K annually.


Government Attorneys earn the highest median pay at around $93K per year, followed by Attorneys ($85K), Information Technology Specialists (approximately $81K), and Operations Supervisors (about $77K). 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

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $51K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees (27 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn about $73K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Lawyers receive bigger paychecks (approximately $85K annually) than those without credentials. Scrum Master Certifications with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $76K per year. Regarding salaries and education, U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) pays those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) the most — around $92K.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $97K annually. Customer Service is a popular skill among U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) workers, with slightly less than a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Claim Handling, Customer Relations, and Technical Writing round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only 42 percent. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. The vast majority of employees have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of workers also include dental insurance. Employees can also look forward to flexible hours, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

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


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$34,701 - $82,250
$41,477 - $96,108
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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