Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2020
Pay Rates for "Accountant"How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $122,584.75* *Based on the 2020 average.
Accountant was the 40th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 7,975 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $218,297.
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.
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
Accountant Pay Distribution
The average pay for an Accountant is $122,584.75. The highest paid Accountant made $273,400 in 2020.
Common Accountant Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Accounting Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||6,374|
|SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay||841|
|FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan||192|
|ZA - Administrative||184|
|CG - Corporate Graded||44|
|GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate||43|
|NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path||34|
|GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule||33|
|SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives||28|
|CU - Credit Union Employees||27|
|PG - Printing Office Grades||23|
|NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only||22|
|EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency||21|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||18|
|IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only||13|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||12|
|VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial||11|
|NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section||10|
|IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions||8|
|SO - Executive Positions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under The Es Pay Pla||8|
|VC - Canteen Service||7|
|FP - Foreign Service Personnel||6|
|CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs||5|
|MC - Employees Of The Millennium Challenge Corporation Appointed Under Public Law 108-199 Only.||3|
|LL - Executives At The Federal Housing Finance Agency||2|
|CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation||2|
|EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only||2|
|NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82||1|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$146,757.00 / 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 Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Archives Technician||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Wage and Hour Investigation||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Education and Vocational Training||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Equipment Operator||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
Average Accounting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020
In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $122,585 in 2020.
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