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Accounting Technician - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Accounting Technician"

How much does an Accounting Technician in the federal government get paid? $48,233.59* *Based on the 2016 average.

Accounting Technician was the 98th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 2,538 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Accounting Technician, with an average salary of $46,665.

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 659 $46,664.60
Internal Revenue Service 222 $48,832.62
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 190 $47,439.22
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 179 $53,692.70
Indian Health Service 127 $42,670.91
Federal Aviation Administration 110 $46,174.77
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 104 $48,112.56
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 85 $42,167.44
Forest Service 73 $41,594.19
Drug Enforcement Administration 71 $55,906.03
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 64 $48,166.41
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 59 $45,881.55
Federal Emergency Management Agency 50 $46,722.12
Customs and Border Protection 49 $46,369.06
Indian Affairs 44 $44,352.25
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 43 $53,866.58
Rural Housing Service 35 $50,440.94
National Institutes of Health 33 $54,201.12
Bureau of Reclamation 30 $48,951.30
National Institute of Standards and Technology 28 $56,921.96
Bureau of Land Management 25 $44,783.88
Department of Energy 24 $52,158.04
Office of Personnel Management 19 $55,484.89
Geological Survey 19 $46,328.47
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 13 $52,797.92
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 12 $51,185.50
Social Security Administration 11 $58,044.45
National Park Service 10 $46,099.80
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 9 $47,009.67
Veterans Benefits Administration 7 $52,144.29
U.S. Coast Guard 7 $46,647.29
Small Business Administration 7 $50,208.86
Farm Service Agency 6 $51,679.67
National Credit Union Administration 5 $74,537.00
Bureau of the Census 5 $53,295.20
Natural Resources Conservation Service 5 $45,903.60
Agricultural Research Service 5 $47,400.80
U.S. Marshals Service 5 $55,400.60
Environmental Protection Agency 5 $61,374.20
National Cemetery Administration 5 $52,130.20
National Labor Relations Board 5 $52,439.80
Program Support Center 4 $59,954.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 4 $49,698.25
Office of Comptroller of Currency 3 $89,536.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $46,052.33
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $49,399.33
Federal Communications Commission 3 $61,071.67
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $67,269.33
Mine Safety and Health Administration 3 $55,469.67
Bureau of Labor Statistics 3 $55,819.33
Offices, Boards and Divisions 3 $62,888.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $59,305.50
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 2 $53,493.50
National Archives and Records Administration 2 $45,223.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $58,096.00
Government Printing Office 2 $48,482.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $55,288.50
Food and Drug Administration 2 $51,021.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $50,771.00
Presidio Trust 2 $51,461.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 2 $59,388.50
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 2 $54,900.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 2 $57,975.50
Maritime Administration 2 $52,142.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $40,875.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $50,237.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $44,797.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $44,036.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1 $56,790.00
U.S. Mint 1 $57,125.00
Departmental Offices 1 $64,518.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $55,334.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $56,790.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $56,439.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $49,509.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $56,790.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $41,931.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $67,679.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $48,682.00

Accounting Technician Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accounting Technician is $48,233.59. The highest paid Accounting Technician made $101,632 in 2016.

Common Accounting Technician Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Technician Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,110
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 174
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 110
ZS - Administrative Support 70
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 46
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 11
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 2
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,999.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $63,734.00 / 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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