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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $114,553.41* *Based on the 2018 average.
8,145 EMPLOYEES
$875.76M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 8,145 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $204,543.

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 910 $204,543.25
Veterans Health Administration 518 $72,213.03
Federal Bureau of Investigation 499 $104,462.27
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 492 $88,731.21
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 311 $95,379.48
Department of Energy 281 $99,782.82
Federal Aviation Administration 204 $94,351.49
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 191 $105,317.82
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 184 $108,585.36
U.S. Coast Guard 172 $92,388.96
Rural Housing Service 142 $89,704.36
Environmental Protection Agency 134 $110,302.55
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 122 $94,372.02
Department of State 120 $103,146.18
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 113 $78,261.60
Program Support Center 113 $106,365.85
Veterans Benefits Administration 110 $81,969.31
Farm Service Agency 103 $97,998.05
Internal Revenue Service 98 $108,985.86
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 96 $99,562.26
Bureau of Reclamation 94 $87,897.04
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 85 $98,986.72
Office of Justice Programs 82 $119,594.28
Drug Enforcement Administration 76 $119,611.18
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 75 $106,273.83
Bureau of the Census 73 $96,087.93
Offices, Boards and Divisions 73 $117,382.97
Federal Emergency Management Agency 71 $110,790.10
Headquarters, Nasa 70 $123,965.00
National Institutes of Health 65 $115,969.03
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 64 $112,851.86
Forest Service 64 $94,213.66
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 63 $111,061.30
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 62 $148,510.26
Social Security Administration 62 $99,139.82
Bureau of Economic Analysis 57 $99,193.67
Federal Student Aid 56 $121,823.57
National Institute of Standards and Technology 55 $115,765.89
Indian Health Service 51 $84,809.53
Agency for International Development 50 $113,087.56
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 48 $121,469.98
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 47 $120,226.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 46 $95,320.39
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 45 $123,721.71
Goddard Space Flight Center 42 $115,121.31
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 42 $108,350.05
Employment and Training Administration 37 $101,480.89
Food and Drug Administration 36 $105,658.47
Transportation Security Administration 36 $117,821.64
Small Business Administration 35 $108,750.17
Food and Nutrition Service 34 $110,384.85
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 34 $102,892.09
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 32 $135,224.84
Office of Personnel Management 32 $124,928.16
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 31 $115,412.48
Risk Management Agency 31 $98,257.35
Rural Utilities Service 30 $104,518.97
Patent and Trademark Office 30 $118,379.60
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 29 $102,364.90
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 28 $118,092.89
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 28 $128,068.75
National Park Service 27 $122,698.48
Office of Comptroller of Currency 27 $189,482.81
Government Printing Office 26 $113,457.12
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 26 $91,361.27
Departmental Offices 26 $131,656.12
Natural Resources Conservation Service 25 $114,909.24
International Trade Administration 25 $115,080.56
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 25 $125,468.48
Federal Housing Finance Agency 24 $183,448.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 24 $124,043.42
U.S. Mint 23 $126,295.64
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $100,998.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 23 $101,630.57
National Credit Union Administration 22 $1,038.46
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $114,657.14
Bureau of Land Management 21 $97,702.38
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 21 $90,531.05
Federal Communications Commission 21 $128,301.19
National Science Foundation 20 $129,800.15
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 20 $109,562.60
Indian Affairs 18 $104,292.56
Geological Survey 17 $121,999.41
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 17 $98,376.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 17 $102,580.82
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 17 $133,544.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 17 $110,692.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 16 $101,427.88
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 15 $109,094.40
Government National Mortgage Association 15 $123,530.47
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 14 $108,535.36
National Archives and Records Administration 14 $117,369.50
Federal Trade Commission 14 $139,569.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 14 $115,376.50
Ames Research Center 13 $106,593.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 13 $92,138.92
Federal Highway Administration 13 $117,761.23
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 12 $123,904.17
Export-Import Bank of the United States 12 $102,932.92
Office of Secretary of Transportation 12 $131,798.08
Federal Transit Administration 12 $116,425.25
National Cemetery Administration 12 $102,230.25
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 12 $112,824.00
U.S. Secret Service 12 $124,062.58
Corporation for National and Community Service 11 $110,976.45
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $98,933.55
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $105,660.82
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 11 $141,338.91
Langley Research Center 10 $99,714.40
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 10 $125,581.30
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $107,613.70
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $98,507.22
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $115,194.11
Presidio Trust 8 $96,779.50
Ous for Science and Technology 8 $129,511.25
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $138,561.38
Agricultural Research Service 8 $113,816.38
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $112,438.86
National Technical Information Service 7 $99,567.29
Office of Administration 7 $135,722.86
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $109,538.86
Farm Credit Administration 7 $149,788.14
National Labor Relations Board 6 $110,891.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $107,055.33
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 6 $132,487.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 6 $100,949.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $127,083.00
Peace Corps 5 $96,862.60
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $95,983.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $180,864.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $109,977.60
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 5 $128,152.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $126,338.60
Maritime Administration 5 $131,519.60
Health Resources and Services Administration 4 $115,298.50
National Gallery of Art 4 $160,264.75
Selective Service System 4 $98,126.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 4 $110,765.25
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 4 $126,101.00
Wage and Hour Division 4 $110,681.00
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $122,504.75
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 4 $109,086.50
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $131,936.33
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $114,996.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $113,755.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $103,270.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $118,673.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $109,048.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $116,490.33
Administration for Children and Families 3 $122,751.00
Federal Election Commission 3 $104,942.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $142,085.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $122,430.33
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $106,649.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $85,403.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $112,175.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $98,206.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $116,178.50
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $113,775.00
Office of Administrative Services 2 $124,090.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $84,506.50
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $112,399.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $79,759.00
Office of the Director 1 $97,956.00
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 1 $84,197.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $141,894.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $123,223.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $123,234.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $113,520.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $120,074.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $100,118.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $130,692.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $105,839.00
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission 1 $59,723.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $96,869.00
African Development Foundation 1 $144,426.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $135,191.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $161,900.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $54,972.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $123,223.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $134,426.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $161,900.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $131,192.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $101,116.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $101,116.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $73,160.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $114,553.41. The highest paid Accountant made $282,080 in 2018.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,417
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 899
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 204
ZA - Administrative 195
CG - Corporate Graded 60
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 48
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 40
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 36
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 35
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 27
PG - Printing Office Grades 26
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 14
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 11
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 10
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 10
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 9
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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
Biological Science TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Archives TechnicianAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Wage and Hour InvestigationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Education and Vocational TrainingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Equipment OperatorClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Accounting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $114,553 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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