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.
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.
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 $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:||$32,264.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$136,659.00 / 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 Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|General Engineering and Architecture||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Meteorology||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Design Patent Examining||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Computer Operation||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-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.
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