Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $110,986.13* *Based on the 2016 average.
8,108 EMPLOYEES
$899.65M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 8,108 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $190,970.

Government Accounting jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Accounting job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Accountant

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Securities and Exchange Commission 964 $190,969.89
Veterans Health Administration 529 $68,737.64
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 478 $83,260.31
Federal Bureau of Investigation 413 $94,551.57
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 322 $89,850.72
Department of Energy 301 $102,989.89
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 211 $99,077.05
Federal Aviation Administration 203 $89,943.86
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 199 $101,713.92
U.S. Coast Guard 165 $89,536.95
Environmental Protection Agency 154 $102,474.89
Rural Housing Service 142 $87,676.85
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 137 $72,894.82
Program Support Center 123 $105,046.86
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 111 $91,655.42
Veterans Benefits Administration 108 $80,542.42
Farm Service Agency 107 $94,365.18
Internal Revenue Service 107 $102,967.07
Bureau of Reclamation 101 $83,226.54
Forest Service 93 $88,912.96
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 90 $94,174.14
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 84 $97,845.98
Office of Justice Programs 84 $111,093.56
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 82 $135,221.11
Drug Enforcement Administration 77 $108,401.73
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 72 $97,595.06
Offices, Boards and Divisions 68 $108,885.88
National Institutes of Health 66 $108,845.59
Headquarters, Nasa 65 $116,386.26
Bureau of the Census 65 $88,882.29
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 62 $103,527.42
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 60 $109,314.32
Bureau of Economic Analysis 59 $94,044.80
National Institute of Standards and Technology 59 $106,377.17
Federal Student Aid 59 $112,991.95
Social Security Administration 59 $93,469.15
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 58 $119,051.64
Indian Health Service 58 $80,261.24
Agency for International Development 57 $98,872.32
Federal Emergency Management Agency 56 $109,077.45
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 52 $110,881.77
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 49 $91,200.86
Goddard Space Flight Center 47 $111,406.30
Office of Personnel Management 43 $116,349.09
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 43 $107,119.28
Food and Nutrition Service 42 $102,340.62
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 39 $118,354.72
Food and Drug Administration 39 $103,488.51
Departmental Offices 36 $125,608.36
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 36 $103,615.11
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 36 $130,069.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 36 $118,133.72
Employment and Training Administration 35 $98,222.54
Natural Resources Conservation Service 34 $97,273.03
Transportation Security Administration 33 $113,323.27
Patent and Trademark Office 33 $110,376.24
Rural Utilities Service 33 $102,679.21
Office of Comptroller of Currency 33 $173,168.36
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 33 $119,666.79
Small Business Administration 32 $101,049.44
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 32 $93,963.53
Risk Management Agency 30 $89,662.53
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 29 $109,491.17
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 27 $103,390.37
John F. Kennedy Space Center 27 $99,169.85
National Park Service 26 $116,240.81
Government Printing Office 25 $113,026.48
Federal Housing Finance Agency 25 $170,233.84
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 24 $82,395.46
Bureau of Land Management 24 $95,667.71
U.S. Mint 24 $111,569.54
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $101,310.71
Federal Communications Commission 24 $119,647.17
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 23 $119,915.87
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $96,740.48
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $107,777.91
Indian Affairs 19 $100,700.00
National Credit Union Administration 18 $115,019.22
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 18 $122,210.72
International Trade Administration 18 $114,586.17
Geological Survey 18 $111,175.28
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 18 $101,345.89
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 18 $93,028.89
U.S. Secret Service 18 $110,251.44
Office of Secretary of Transportation 17 $129,724.94
National Science Foundation 17 $123,288.06
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 17 $96,058.71
Food Safety and Inspection Service 16 $111,035.38
Federal Trade Commission 15 $119,937.67
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $110,788.80
Langley Research Center 14 $91,875.93
Corporation for National and Community Service 14 $102,963.29
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 14 $132,985.36
Federal Highway Administration 14 $110,317.29
John C. Stennis Space Center 14 $84,293.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 14 $99,959.07
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 14 $112,255.93
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $114,891.77
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 13 $98,679.54
Export-Import Bank of the United States 13 $98,603.62
National Protection and Programs Directorate 13 $99,532.92
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 13 $110,755.62
Railroad Retirement Board 12 $97,186.50
Federal Transit Administration 12 $116,752.17
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $95,720.64
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 10 $109,597.80
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $105,038.40
Ames Research Center 10 $111,505.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $87,774.00
Presidio Trust 9 $97,576.78
Agricultural Research Service 8 $107,146.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 8 $105,499.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $134,430.13
Government National Mortgage Association 7 $113,330.29
Office of Administration 7 $127,472.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $99,484.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $108,475.14
National Labor Relations Board 7 $101,627.43
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $96,740.57
National Cemetery Administration 7 $98,784.86
National Technical Information Service 7 $103,562.57
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $106,927.83
Ous for Science and Technology 6 $118,254.33
Maritime Administration 6 $121,761.83
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $129,982.60
Farm Credit Administration 5 $151,080.80
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $117,629.60
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $98,297.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $125,057.80
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $107,070.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $165,906.40
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $103,859.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 4 $109,451.25
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $103,396.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $111,157.75
National Gallery of Art 4 $168,036.75
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 4 $123,859.75
Peace Corps 4 $92,598.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $103,456.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $95,118.33
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $109,433.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $115,084.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $91,246.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $138,654.67
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $109,644.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 3 $100,727.33
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $107,742.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 3 $91,477.33
Selective Service System 3 $84,182.67
Wage and Hour Division 3 $101,003.67
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $104,469.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $104,446.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $100,920.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $114,816.50
Office of the Director 2 $127,282.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $99,074.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $87,837.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $73,161.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $96,878.00
Office of Administrative Services 2 $126,624.00
African Development Foundation 2 $92,678.50
Office of Management and Budget 1 $158,700.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $100,904.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $183,267.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $121,635.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $92,523.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $100,161.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $83,468.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $158,700.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $115,141.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $102,142.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $105,960.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $112,014.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $90,823.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $63,722.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $115,041.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $96,878.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $128,790.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $91,814.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $132,368.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $110,986.13. The highest paid Accountant made $273,563 in 2016.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,307
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 944
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 205
ZA - Administrative 197
CG - Corporate Graded 67
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 57
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 41
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 37
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 32
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 30
PG - Printing Office Grades 28
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 23
CU - Credit Union Employees 22
ES - Senior Executive Service 21
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 18
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 14
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 12
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 10
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 8
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 7
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 2
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
SN - Senior Level System 1

Starting Paygrade: $31,819.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $134,776.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 0500 ACCOUNTING AND BUDGET GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Accounting jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Forestry TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
General Engineering and ArchitectureProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
MeteorologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Design Patent ExaminingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Computer OperationClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Accounting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $110,986 in 2016.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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