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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $83,281.57* *Based on the 2004 average.
7,312 EMPLOYEES
$608.29M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 7,312 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $122,891.

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 893 $122,891.11
Veterans Health Administration 363 $56,376.88
Department of Energy 320 $82,498.11
Financial Management Service 239 $79,832.59
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 212 $79,187.91
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 206 $55,791.26
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 203 $74,313.75
Bureau of the Public Debt 175 $68,163.23
Program Support Center 171 $81,692.27
Federal Aviation Administration 171 $79,902.86
Environmental Protection Agency 166 $83,363.34
Forest Service 161 $69,188.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 160 $82,663.03
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 156 $71,965.94
Farm Service Agency 140 $76,542.59
Department of State 107 $73,707.07
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 94 $77,822.12
Rural Housing Service 92 $72,691.79
Office of Justice Programs 92 $77,324.17
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 90 $78,824.11
Bureau of Reclamation 86 $68,225.05
Veterans Benefits Administration 84 $64,508.21
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 79 $100,340.48
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 78 $78,822.36
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 77 $79,975.68
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 70 $111,460.04
Internal Revenue Service 67 $76,925.18
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 67 $78,150.60
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 61 $80,597.43
U.S. Coast Guard 59 $68,287.49
Offices, Boards and Divisions 58 $83,185.55
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 56 $88,323.04
Office of Personnel Management 55 $80,358.13
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 55 $77,391.91
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 55 $95,876.98
Bureau of Economic Analysis 52 $75,482.12
Federal Emergency Management Agency 51 $77,015.39
Indian Health Service 51 $62,242.94
Social Security Administration 51 $81,963.88
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 50 $75,634.94
National Institutes of Health 50 $84,506.02
Food and Nutrition Service 49 $76,602.69
Agency for International Development 48 $77,644.04
Federal Student Aid 46 $93,421.80
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 46 $72,719.70
Bureau of the Census 45 $68,783.60
Goddard Space Flight Center 45 $78,851.76
U.S. Mint 44 $77,971.32
Drug Enforcement Administration 43 $86,848.40
National Institute of Standards and Technology 41 $76,576.54
Rural Utilities Service 39 $79,288.87
Small Business Administration 39 $87,337.74
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 37 $75,663.57
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 36 $74,707.11
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 35 $96,075.63
Indian Affairs 33 $76,227.94
National Park Service 32 $79,552.03
Federal Communications Commission 30 $100,675.93
Geological Survey 28 $85,102.86
Headquarters, Nasa 28 $103,440.46
Bureau of Land Management 27 $78,782.56
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 27 $85,906.89
Food and Drug Administration 27 $85,621.44
Food Safety and Inspection Service 26 $76,701.19
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 26 $78,776.50
John F. Kennedy Space Center 25 $78,633.28
Office of Comptroller of Currency 25 $99,082.24
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 25 $81,620.64
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $83,391.92
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 24 $104,481.00
International Trade Administration 24 $78,395.79
Departmental Offices 23 $85,893.70
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 22 $78,609.27
Federal Bureau of Investigation 22 $82,946.95
Employment and Training Administration 21 $79,562.95
Langley Research Center 21 $74,577.38
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 21 $72,981.43
Patent and Trademark Office 20 $86,395.35
Risk Management Agency 19 $74,160.26
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 18 $87,613.17
U.S. Secret Service 18 $74,403.33
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 18 $83,052.28
Government Printing Office 18 $67,557.39
National Archives and Records Administration 17 $80,916.00
Transportation Security Administration 17 $101,491.18
U.S. Marshals Service 17 $79,952.41
Corporation for National and Community Service 16 $85,092.25
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 16 $73,040.31
Federal Highway Administration 16 $82,383.00
Ames Research Center 14 $89,487.00
Agricultural Research Service 13 $85,175.77
National Science Foundation 13 $90,302.69
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $59,771.33
Railroad Retirement Board 12 $87,377.75
Federal Transit Administration 12 $86,534.83
Maritime Administration 11 $94,198.36
Office of Thrift Supervision 11 $114,042.91
Export-Import Bank of the United States 11 $94,289.45
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 10 $68,884.10
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 10 $82,828.90
Office of Secretary of Transportation 10 $101,715.40
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $88,853.44
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 9 $70,596.22
Peace Corps 8 $87,440.13
Agricultural Marketing Service 8 $56,167.38
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 8 $80,550.88
Federal Trade Commission 8 $93,904.88
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 7 $97,379.57
National Labor Relations Board 7 $89,803.14
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $73,915.86
Office of Administration 7 $91,308.71
Farm Credit Administration 7 $110,759.71
Federal Technology Service 7 $82,961.14
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $83,575.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 6 $70,887.67
National Technical Information Service 6 $79,774.17
Mine Safety and Health Administration 6 $75,635.67
National Transportation Safety Board 6 $91,369.17
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $74,973.67
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 6 $77,510.33
Ous Management 6 $94,103.00
National Gallery of Art 5 $103,497.60
Natural Resources Conservation Service 5 $92,826.60
National Endowment for the Humanities 5 $91,524.60
Employment Standards Administration 5 $76,755.40
Federal Housing Finance Board 5 $109,335.60
Presidio Trust 5 $62,710.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 5 $109,342.40
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $78,790.60
Employee Benefits Security Administration 4 $93,261.75
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $92,097.25
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $93,529.25
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 4 $0.00
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $84,056.75
Office of Management and Budget 4 $113,036.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $72,766.75
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 4 $93,080.75
National Credit Union Administration 3 $83,558.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $68,964.33
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 3 $67,751.33
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $100,450.67
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $102,417.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 3 $65,626.00
National Cemetery Administration 3 $81,409.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 3 $73,581.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $118,082.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $79,001.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $104,138.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $86,284.00
Economic Development Administration 2 $68,722.00
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $88,601.00
Office of the Under Secretary (Department of Education) 2 $100,323.00
Office of the Director 2 $90,786.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $93,732.00
Selective Service System 2 $85,274.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $80,605.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $99,553.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $94,485.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $87,203.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $68,441.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $62,659.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $72,764.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $79,329.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $93,742.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $64,917.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $54,360.00
Federal Supply Service 1 $122,804.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $88,935.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $93,742.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $68,441.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $70,743.00
Departmental Administration 1 $112,875.00
Ous Border and Transportation Security 1 $45,848.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $60,638.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $60,638.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $74,785.00
National Mediation Board 1 $59,024.00
African Development Foundation 1 $84,127.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $60,638.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $110,775.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $83,281.57. The highest paid Accountant made $201,118 in 2004.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,732
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 883
ZA - Administrative 117
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 116
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 110
CG - Corporate Graded 61
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 61
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 38
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 25
ES - Senior Executive Service 23
PG - Printing Office Grades 18
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 17
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 11
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 10
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
MA - Milk Marketing 8
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 8
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 8
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
TM - Federal Housing Finance Board Merit Pay 5
** - 4
FO - Foreign Service Officers 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 2
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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
PhysiologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Library TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Equal Opportunity InvestigationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Education ResearchProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Clerk-TypistClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Accounting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $113,285 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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