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VIII. State Administrative Arrangements

Contents:

Chart 1: Minimum Salary Levels for Initial Level State Agency Disability Examiners (FY 2014) 
Chart 2: Attrition Rates for State Agency Full Time Examiners (FY 2014) 

 

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Chart 1: Minimum Salary Levels for Initial Level State Agency Disability Examiners (FY 2014)

Last Updated February 2015


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Minimum salary for full time non-trainee initial disability examiners varied in 2014 from $24,170 in Louisiana to $57,949 in New York. Examiners are state employees, and their salaries are set by the states not SSA.

 

Chart 2: Attrition Rates for State Agency Full Time Examiners (FY 2014)

Last Updated February 2015

 

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As of June 2014, the nationwide attrition rate for full time disability examiners at the State DDSs in 2014 was 12 percent.  Attrition rates varied from zero in North Dakota to 38 percent in Montana.  The rate can vary widely from year to year especially in small States, where a few losses amount to a large percentage.  Some States have historically high rates due to low salaries, and examiners may be hired away by companies in disability-related fields that pay higher salaries.  In addition, many States are experiencing a retirement wave as long-tenured employees are starting to leave the work force.  For purposes of comparison, Office of Personnel Management data for fiscal year 2014 show an overall separation rate (including transfers) of 11 percent for the Federal executive branch and 6.7 percent for the Social Security Administration.