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Accounting Technician - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Accounting Technician"

How much does an Accounting Technician in the federal government get paid? $51,976.10* *Based on the 2021 average.

Accounting Technician was the 106th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 2,161 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Accounting Technician, with an average salary of $50,979.

Government Accounting Technician jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Accounting Technician job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. 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

Clerical, secretary, and administrative positions fall under this category. No specialized technical background is needed for positions in this category except for stenographers which require a proficiency exam before being hired. Strong organizational and communication skills are the primary requirements for this job category. Military experience can often be applied as relevant experience when calculating starting grade. Employees in the job category receive promotions of 1 grade increase at a time.

Agencies that have hired an Accounting Technician

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 594 $50,979.21
Internal Revenue Service 204 $50,265.34
U.S. Coast Guard 175 $51,076.95
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 151 $57,892.33
115 $52,975.82
Indian Health Service 100 $48,895.63
Federal Aviation Administration 74 $53,637.96
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 73 $47,963.49
Federal Emergency Management Agency 71 $48,516.94
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 67 $0.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 66 $50,776.08
Drug Enforcement Administration 65 $64,522.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 53 $47,981.51
Forest Service 48 $46,067.13
Customs and Border Protection 38 $0.00
Indian Affairs 32 $50,904.38
Rural Housing Service 32 $52,346.53
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 25 $55,280.48
Department of Energy 14 $57,106.54
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 12 $58,170.50
Geological Survey 11 $56,572.55
Bureau of Reclamation 11 $53,226.09
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 9 $48,670.89
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 9 $59,848.11
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $56,809.00
National Institutes of Health 6 $64,996.83
Bureau of Land Management 5 $58,314.20
Social Security Administration 5 $60,681.80
Agricultural Research Service 5 $59,092.40
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 4 $70,380.50
Program Support Center 4 $69,291.50
National Park Service 4 $55,038.25
National Cemetery Administration 4 $51,665.25
Small Business Administration 4 $56,677.25
Natural Resources Conservation Service 3 $56,616.67
National Labor Relations Board 3 $55,228.67
3 $53,425.67
Presidio Trust 3 $64,038.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $62,910.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $71,614.33
Mine Safety and Health Administration 3 $62,266.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3 $62,786.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $66,029.33
Federal Communications Commission 3 $64,279.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 2 $71,352.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $75,363.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $64,852.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 2 $52,585.50
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 2 $57,815.00
Bureau of the Census 2 $63,196.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2 $56,531.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $74,908.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $62,441.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $56,057.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $64,052.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $67,145.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $48,660.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $46,596.00
Government Printing Office 1 $57,506.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $57,368.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $61,700.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $64,406.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $69,274.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $52,921.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $102,127.00
Medicaid & Chip Payment & Access Commission 1 $55,000.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $65,330.00

Accounting Technician Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accounting Technician is $51,976.10. The highest paid Accounting Technician made $102,127 in 2021.

Common Accounting Technician Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Technician Employees
GS - General Schedule 1,822
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 150
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 74
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 67
VC - Canteen Service 16
ZS - Administrative Support 11
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 11
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
NU - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Technician And Administrative Support Career Path 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,172.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $61,227.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Clerical and Administrative Support

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Accounting Technician jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
DispatchingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Medical Records TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Health Aid and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Accounting TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Accounting Technician Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for an Accounting Technician was $39,624. Since then, the average pay has increased to $51,976 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0525.

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