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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.
7,975 EMPLOYEES
$889.23M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

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.

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 849 $218,297.19
Federal Bureau of Investigation 560 $116,493.03
Veterans Health Administration 555 $78,584.47
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 477 $88,225.68
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 278 $99,200.67
Department of Energy 267 $110,336.20
Federal Aviation Administration 192 $106,869.72
Rural Housing Service 190 $92,316.61
U.S. Coast Guard 181 $98,197.09
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 171 $116,379.35
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 166 $115,744.76
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 148 $100,914.21
Fpac Business Center 135 $108,560.26
Environmental Protection Agency 125 $114,723.14
Veterans Benefits Administration 120 $91,621.64
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 111 $80,639.48
Department of State 105 $109,824.43
Internal Revenue Service 104 $122,602.59
Customs and Border Protection 101 $138,573.00
Program Support Center 96 $118,582.30
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 86 $117,846.51
Bureau of Reclamation 81 $93,891.25
Office of Justice Programs 79 $133,287.42
Offices, Boards and Divisions 76 $125,262.00
Headquarters, Nasa 75 $131,169.85
Drug Enforcement Administration 74 $129,573.81
Federal Emergency Management Agency 66 $122,275.12
Bureau of the Census 62 $105,884.15
National Institutes of Health 61 $127,299.34
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 58 $125,043.02
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 57 $122,625.58
Social Security Administration 57 $111,214.77
Indian Health Service 56 $89,412.80
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 56 $120,868.45
Bureau of Economic Analysis 54 $115,412.46
National Institute of Standards and Technology 54 $133,422.54
Forest Service 52 $106,813.42
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 51 $111,920.53
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 51 $127,467.71
Goddard Space Flight Center 49 $121,252.94
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 46 $159,427.59
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 43 $119,038.16
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 43 $138,141.57
U.S. Agency for International Development 42 $122,360.60
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 41 $131,797.00
Federal Student Aid 40 $135,115.60
Food and Drug Administration 39 $125,348.67
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 38 $116,788.37
Small Business Administration 36 $112,608.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 34 $112,827.82
Employment and Training Administration 33 $113,208.58
Food and Nutrition Service 31 $123,569.71
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $103,286.66
Departmental Offices 29 $142,919.76
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 28 $91,847.86
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 28 $117,127.89
Transportation Security Administration 28 $136,888.93
U.S. Mint 27 $120,280.70
National Credit Union Administration 27 $0.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 27 $108,553.70
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 26 $146,066.65
Office of Personnel Management 26 $131,955.12
Citizenship and Immigration Services 26 $131,938.54
International Trade Administration 26 $123,937.81
Patent and Trademark Office 25 $129,722.36
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 25 $132,648.00
Bureau of Land Management 24 $109,776.50
National Park Service 24 $132,990.46
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $104,040.71
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 24 $90,245.88
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 24 $141,379.33
Government National Mortgage Association 23 $131,944.09
Government Printing Office 23 $125,461.48
Federal Housing Finance Agency 22 $198,104.33
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 22 $98,106.09
Office of Comptroller of Currency 22 $199,174.91
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $122,754.73
Risk Management Agency 21 $102,133.10
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 20 $109,822.05
National Science Foundation 20 $132,127.35
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 19 $124,309.37
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 18 $123,724.83
National Cemetery Administration 18 $104,398.44
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 18 $145,969.72
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 18 $105,195.80
Federal Communications Commission 18 $141,558.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 16 $122,279.44
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 15 $110,882.33
Federal Trade Commission 15 $154,028.73
Geological Survey 15 $133,791.40
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 15 $126,703.20
Ames Research Center 15 $118,267.47
Food Safety and Inspection Service 14 $117,870.50
U.S. Secret Service 14 $124,467.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 13 $108,741.85
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 13 $115,717.46
Langley Research Center 13 $87,695.31
John C. Stennis Space Center 13 $103,572.23
National Archives and Records Administration 13 $137,913.00
Indian Affairs 12 $114,457.08
Export-Import Bank of the United States 12 $121,749.17
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $99,310.91
Federal Transit Administration 11 $136,240.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 11 $120,505.09
Corporation for National and Community Service 11 $108,134.45
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 10 $144,166.20
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $123,184.30
National Labor Relations Board 10 $118,801.70
Office of Secretary of Transportation 9 $142,366.89
Science and Technology Directorate 9 $132,283.56
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 9 $140,753.44
Farm Credit Administration 9 $0.00
Agricultural Research Service 8 $132,410.00
Federal Highway Administration 8 $138,784.25
Presidio Trust 8 $104,602.13
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $122,900.29
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $105,831.86
Peace Corps 6 $104,567.67
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $124,223.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 6 $120,528.33
Office of Administration 6 $148,710.17
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 6 $113,310.83
National Technical Information Service 5 $120,867.20
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $201,971.00
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $128,976.60
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 5 $114,806.60
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $131,687.20
National Gallery of Art 4 $164,814.00
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $149,090.75
U.S. International Trade Commission 4 $134,242.75
Maritime Administration 4 $150,345.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 4 $121,410.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $118,698.25
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $125,344.67
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $121,278.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 3 $136,005.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 3 $136,606.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $127,442.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $139,738.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $126,620.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 3 $114,863.67
Wage and Hour Division 3 $125,455.33
Office of the Director 3 $136,143.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $118,010.33
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $118,196.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 3 $135,629.33
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $100,211.50
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $125,521.00
National Endowment for the Arts 2 $124,032.50
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $126,922.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $0.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $133,616.50
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $128,322.50
Office of Administrative Services 2 $138,120.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $94,823.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $130,344.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $97,046.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $127,381.50
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $61,519.00
Selective Service System 1 $121,316.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $109,479.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $119,775.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $149,621.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $145,578.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $89,213.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $137,491.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $170,800.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $120,035.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $116,353.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $116,353.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $141,534.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $133,465.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $157,709.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $121,488.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $190,120.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 1 $121,411.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 1 $170,800.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $145,578.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $115,562.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Human Resolution & Administration 1 $104,127.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $149,621.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $121,316.00

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 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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $122,585 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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