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Accounting Technician - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Accounting Technician"

How much does an Accounting Technician in the federal government get paid? $51,540.72* *Based on the 2020 average.

Accounting Technician was the 103rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 2,303 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Accounting Technician, with an average salary of $50,439.

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 624 $50,438.81
Internal Revenue Service 212 $49,141.73
U.S. Coast Guard 184 $50,357.38
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 160 $56,764.75
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 143 $53,106.87
Indian Health Service 107 $48,195.64
Federal Aviation Administration 82 $52,343.32
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 81 $46,055.14
Federal Emergency Management Agency 69 $47,637.20
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 67 $0.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 66 $52,644.32
Drug Enforcement Administration 65 $62,857.71
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 52 $47,234.33
Customs and Border Protection 43 $0.00
Forest Service 40 $46,560.88
Rural Housing Service 38 $53,243.37
Indian Affairs 35 $50,330.83
National Institute of Standards and Technology 31 $63,632.03
Bureau of Reclamation 16 $52,746.38
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 16 $59,031.94
Department of Energy 15 $57,787.64
Geological Survey 13 $53,055.85
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 11 $57,590.75
National Institutes of Health 10 $64,367.20
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 10 $45,206.40
Bureau of Land Management 9 $53,117.33
Social Security Administration 7 $61,153.14
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $55,274.17
Veterans Benefits Administration 6 $52,053.00
National Cemetery Administration 5 $50,292.00
National Park Service 5 $52,673.40
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 4 $66,680.00
Program Support Center 4 $67,921.50
Small Business Administration 4 $55,717.00
Agricultural Research Service 4 $59,859.50
Natural Resources Conservation Service 3 $53,125.33
National Labor Relations Board 3 $53,624.33
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $64,195.33
Mine Safety and Health Administration 3 $61,643.00
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $69,880.67
Federal Communications Commission 3 $62,582.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $57,320.00
Presidio Trust 3 $59,225.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $73,734.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $74,619.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 2 $68,465.00
Office of Personnel Management 2 $64,682.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $64,203.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $56,794.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $0.00
Bureau of the Census 2 $62,456.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2 $55,968.50
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 2 $55,649.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 2 $89,260.50
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $70,072.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $50,457.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $59,291.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 $63,267.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $68,581.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $48,178.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $44,692.00
Government Printing Office 1 $56,939.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $58,482.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $63,267.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $66,478.00
Medicaid & Chip Payment & Access Commission 1 $55,312.00

Accounting Technician Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accounting Technician is $51,540.72. The highest paid Accounting Technician made $99,693 in 2020.

Common Accounting Technician Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Technician Employees
GS - General Schedule 1,917
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 159
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 82
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 65
ZS - Administrative Support 46
VC - Canteen Service 13
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 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

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 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Accounting Technician was $39,624. Since then, the average pay has increased to $51,541 in 2020.

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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