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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $86,931.90* *Based on the 2005 average.
7,332 EMPLOYEES
$637.21M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 7,332 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $128,653.

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 960 $128,652.74
Veterans Health Administration 365 $59,244.27
Department of Energy 337 $84,291.93
Financial Management Service 240 $83,478.39
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 225 $79,895.56
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 196 $75,137.37
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 196 $59,544.54
Bureau of the Public Debt 177 $69,286.21
Program Support Center 162 $86,423.68
Environmental Protection Agency 161 $87,309.94
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 155 $75,818.56
Federal Aviation Administration 153 $80,780.56
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 146 $87,818.84
Farm Service Agency 140 $77,411.18
Forest Service 131 $72,374.11
Department of State 121 $74,246.27
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 92 $80,557.07
Rural Housing Service 92 $74,903.77
Office of Justice Programs 92 $80,674.01
Bureau of Reclamation 90 $71,004.42
Customs and Border Protection 86 $81,697.38
Veterans Benefits Administration 81 $66,675.77
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 81 $105,388.68
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 78 $83,396.21
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 73 $83,232.01
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 69 $111,047.61
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 67 $83,132.93
U.S. Coast Guard 65 $71,133.11
Internal Revenue Service 61 $79,729.51
Federal Student Aid 60 $94,563.58
Indian Health Service 57 $63,988.96
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 57 $81,339.23
Offices, Boards and Divisions 57 $85,967.54
Office of Personnel Management 56 $83,243.93
Federal Emergency Management Agency 53 $81,813.26
Bureau of Economic Analysis 52 $79,143.92
Bureau of the Census 52 $69,355.98
Social Security Administration 52 $84,733.19
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 51 $92,091.29
Food and Nutrition Service 49 $80,960.73
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 49 $99,649.20
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 49 $87,672.92
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 48 $78,742.60
Goddard Space Flight Center 48 $79,884.27
National Institutes of Health 47 $88,806.02
U.S. Agency for International Development 46 $77,844.30
Drug Enforcement Administration 46 $88,400.85
Rural Utilities Service 45 $83,301.69
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 42 $78,999.05
National Institute of Standards and Technology 41 $81,214.39
U.S. Mint 40 $81,827.80
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 37 $80,716.84
Small Business Administration 36 $91,714.08
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 34 $79,465.06
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 33 $95,275.76
National Park Service 33 $82,795.24
Geological Survey 31 $89,752.61
Headquarters, Nasa 31 $102,060.23
Federal Communications Commission 28 $105,060.89
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 27 $77,062.33
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 25 $85,220.36
John F. Kennedy Space Center 25 $75,866.08
Bureau of Land Management 25 $81,364.04
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 25 $80,111.40
Food Safety and Inspection Service 25 $76,663.60
International Trade Administration 25 $78,835.72
Food and Drug Administration 25 $91,088.68
Indian Affairs 24 $84,348.67
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 24 $88,608.42
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 24 $109,411.83
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 23 $86,005.17
Office of Comptroller of Currency 23 $105,860.30
Patent and Trademark Office 22 $86,922.36
Federal Bureau of Investigation 22 $85,295.09
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 22 $77,654.77
Government Printing Office 21 $78,868.71
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 21 $88,411.48
National Archives and Records Administration 21 $83,980.14
Departmental Offices 21 $88,748.81
Transportation Security Administration 20 $101,675.85
Langley Research Center 20 $71,198.70
U.S. Marshals Service 20 $82,091.45
U.S. Secret Service 19 $79,608.89
Employment and Training Administration 18 $77,766.11
Risk Management Agency 17 $81,238.65
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 16 $88,801.94
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 16 $77,349.94
Office of Thrift Supervision 15 $121,402.80
National Science Foundation 15 $95,596.53
Federal Highway Administration 14 $82,557.21
Federal Transit Administration 14 $85,256.43
Corporation for National and Community Service 14 $89,916.64
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $89,066.00
Ous Management 13 $102,600.23
Agricultural Research Service 12 $90,990.25
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $59,029.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 12 $70,898.75
Maritime Administration 11 $99,165.55
Office of Secretary of Transportation 10 $99,172.70
Ames Research Center 10 $95,815.90
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 9 $75,464.00
Federal Trade Commission 9 $103,037.33
Agricultural Marketing Service 8 $60,463.00
National Technical Information Service 8 $85,798.63
Peace Corps 8 $87,754.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 8 $96,959.75
Broadcasting Board of Governors 8 $79,826.38
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 8 $85,242.13
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $103,021.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 7 $96,681.57
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 7 $77,426.29
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $86,563.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 7 $93,262.29
National Labor Relations Board 7 $93,021.00
Office of Administration 6 $95,176.50
Farm Credit Administration 6 $115,922.33
Presidio Trust 6 $70,247.17
National Transportation Safety Board 6 $98,691.17
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 5 $98,455.60
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 5 $108,766.80
Dryden Flight Research Center 5 $74,723.20
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $82,411.20
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $99,776.20
Federal Technology Service 5 $87,038.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 5 $94,662.60
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $76,885.50
National Gallery of Art 4 $99,981.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $67,910.25
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $80,480.50
National Cemetery Administration 4 $81,449.25
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 4 $74,732.00
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $88,403.75
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $132,976.00
National Credit Union Administration 4 $90,210.75
Employment Standards Administration 4 $82,968.25
Mine Safety and Health Administration 4 $84,217.75
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $91,471.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $77,976.33
Office of Management and Budget 3 $125,661.67
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 3 $118,531.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $90,847.33
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 $58,858.00
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $75,567.00
Federal Election Commission 3 $102,741.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $91,948.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $72,219.33
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 3 $102,116.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $79,885.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $61,241.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $89,480.00
Economic Development Administration 2 $86,956.00
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $94,605.00
Selective Service System 2 $88,432.50
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $108,099.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $81,592.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 2 $105,775.00
Office of the Director 2 $95,397.50
Federal Housing Finance Board 2 $118,770.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $68,616.50
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $84,571.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $71,326.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 2 $82,371.50
1 $82,259.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $64,981.00
National Mediation Board 1 $67,077.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $72,688.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $75,460.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $91,242.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $62,886.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $62,886.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $59,464.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $103,098.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $70,670.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $90,752.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $97,213.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $88,369.00
Federal Supply Service 1 $124,740.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $97,213.00
Departmental Administration 1 $117,382.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $77,556.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 1 $46,255.00
African Development Foundation 1 $97,206.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $114,882.00
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1 $97,206.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $67,077.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $86,931.90. The highest paid Accountant made $208,100 in 2005.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,735
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 950
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 152
ZA - Administrative 119
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 82
CG - Corporate Graded 67
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 35
ES - Senior Executive Service 25
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 23
PG - Printing Office Grades 21
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 20
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 15
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 13
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 10
MA - Milk Marketing 8
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 7
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 6
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 5
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
TM - Federal Housing Finance Board Merit Pay 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
FO - Foreign Service Officers 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,388 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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