Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $89,712.16* *Based on the 2006 average.
7,314 EMPLOYEES
$655.98M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 7,314 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $136,106.

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 926 $136,105.94
Veterans Health Administration 387 $60,599.10
Department of Energy 338 $87,834.55
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 227 $61,730.12
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 211 $84,234.12
Financial Management Service 209 $88,415.66
Bureau of the Public Debt 197 $70,305.37
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 187 $78,588.10
Program Support Center 166 $88,757.28
Farm Service Agency 158 $77,449.30
Environmental Protection Agency 150 $89,925.81
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 146 $89,691.38
Federal Aviation Administration 144 $76,695.47
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 140 $80,512.55
Forest Service 139 $73,900.72
Department of State 117 $76,748.05
Bureau of Reclamation 96 $73,089.34
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 93 $81,095.92
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 92 $81,905.91
Rural Housing Service 88 $77,773.30
Office of Justice Programs 85 $85,422.67
Veterans Benefits Administration 85 $69,236.16
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 79 $81,487.27
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 78 $109,675.38
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 77 $88,183.83
Internal Revenue Service 66 $81,525.68
U.S. Coast Guard 66 $73,054.23
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 62 $89,840.42
Bureau of Economic Analysis 62 $77,031.77
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 61 $85,636.97
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 60 $115,244.47
Drug Enforcement Administration 59 $86,015.61
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 58 $86,500.91
Federal Emergency Management Agency 58 $82,540.16
Offices, Boards and Divisions 56 $87,176.27
Headquarters, Nasa 56 $98,668.13
Indian Health Service 53 $69,021.36
National Institutes of Health 52 $89,028.19
Office of Personnel Management 52 $86,094.62
Social Security Administration 52 $88,975.52
Goddard Space Flight Center 51 $88,044.02
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 50 $98,977.32
Federal Student Aid 50 $100,708.78
Bureau of the Census 48 $76,905.48
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 47 $92,077.13
Food and Nutrition Service 44 $87,288.66
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 43 $84,664.58
Rural Utilities Service 43 $88,549.56
Agency for International Development 43 $79,433.09
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 40 $83,991.00
U.S. Mint 39 $86,747.05
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 37 $82,097.89
Small Business Administration 37 $95,623.22
National Institute of Standards and Technology 35 $82,040.14
National Park Service 34 $86,774.88
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 32 $99,895.31
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 29 $85,545.62
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $76,892.69
Langley Research Center 28 $75,508.07
Geological Survey 27 $88,749.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 26 $81,066.65
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 25 $113,308.00
International Trade Administration 25 $86,830.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 24 $91,229.42
Departmental Offices 24 $91,309.21
Patent and Trademark Office 24 $88,068.71
Bureau of Land Management 24 $83,330.58
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 23 $94,684.48
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 23 $78,707.30
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 23 $80,840.74
Indian Affairs 22 $83,702.77
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 22 $91,200.77
Food and Drug Administration 21 $93,466.48
Office of Comptroller of Currency 20 $117,998.40
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 20 $91,466.15
Government Printing Office 20 $82,526.90
National Archives and Records Administration 20 $87,861.20
Federal Communications Commission 19 $109,416.53
Food Safety and Inspection Service 19 $83,573.16
U.S. Marshals Service 18 $84,842.89
Employment and Training Administration 18 $77,747.39
Transportation Security Administration 18 $105,912.39
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 18 $72,616.50
National Science Foundation 18 $102,011.11
Federal Bureau of Investigation 18 $90,065.83
Risk Management Agency 17 $86,734.59
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 16 $78,334.63
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 15 $124,248.73
Ames Research Center 15 $83,923.60
U.S. Secret Service 14 $89,590.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 14 $96,551.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 14 $96,430.07
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 14 $100,855.29
Federal Transit Administration 14 $90,953.57
Office of Thrift Supervision 14 $128,877.21
Agricultural Research Service 14 $88,940.50
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $93,763.31
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $51,949.83
Federal Highway Administration 12 $89,506.50
Peace Corps 10 $84,063.40
Office of Secretary of Transportation 10 $109,031.90
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 9 $82,233.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $98,052.33
Agricultural Marketing Service 9 $59,233.78
National Technical Information Service 8 $90,259.63
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 8 $89,125.25
Federal Trade Commission 8 $108,804.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 8 $76,400.25
Employment Standards Administration 7 $81,863.29
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $110,140.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 7 $84,790.29
National Labor Relations Board 7 $97,128.29
Natural Resources Conservation Service 7 $100,874.43
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 7 $84,481.71
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 7 $99,621.71
Maritime Administration 7 $108,271.57
Presidio Trust 6 $72,268.67
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 5 $73,567.40
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $77,862.00
National Gallery of Art 5 $110,403.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $102,824.80
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $83,731.60
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $79,749.40
Farm Credit Administration 5 $126,947.80
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $101,877.80
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 5 $98,597.20
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 5 $75,626.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 4 $72,217.50
Office of Administration 4 $87,304.75
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 4 $105,492.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $81,055.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $75,392.25
National Cemetery Administration 4 $88,118.25
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $92,205.75
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $138,321.00
National Credit Union Administration 4 $97,160.25
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 4 $119,489.50
Federal Technology Service 3 $93,481.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $104,028.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $107,418.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $64,676.67
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $81,986.67
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $96,333.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $91,709.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $96,305.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $78,288.33
Federal Housing Finance Board 2 $129,525.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $66,132.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $70,559.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $82,358.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $103,594.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $88,542.50
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $85,741.00
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $70,402.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $50,970.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $92,556.50
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $103,594.00
Office of Management and Budget 2 $125,439.50
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 2 $112,725.00
Selective Service System 2 $80,956.00
Office of the Director 2 $98,675.50
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $111,424.50
Administration for Children and Families 1 $85,086.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 1 $54,272.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $118,828.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $74,747.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $100,547.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $80,223.00
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1 $103,594.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $96,292.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $79,931.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $77,353.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $94,382.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $106,641.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $46,274.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $74,747.00
Federal Supply Service 1 $133,607.00
1 $94,454.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $94,454.00
National Mediation Board 1 $71,552.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $100,554.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $80,223.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $89,712.16. The highest paid Accountant made $213,001 in 2006.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,784
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 915
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 144
ZA - Administrative 114
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 63
CG - Corporate Graded 59
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 32
ES - Senior Executive Service 24
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 20
PG - Printing Office Grades 20
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 18
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 15
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 14
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 13
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 11
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 11
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 10
MA - Milk Marketing 9
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 9
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 6
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 4
TM - Federal Housing Finance Board Merit Pay 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $114,553 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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