Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $96,295.25* *Based on the 2008 average.
7,564 EMPLOYEES
$728.38M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 7,564 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $148,547.

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 944 $148,547.37
Veterans Health Administration 461 $63,105.41
Department of Energy 363 $93,028.49
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 231 $66,001.66
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 207 $92,538.28
Financial Management Service 191 $97,493.80
Bureau of the Public Debt 188 $74,672.45
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 171 $84,382.94
Program Support Center 168 $94,181.35
Farm Service Agency 166 $82,123.89
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 161 $84,729.76
Federal Aviation Administration 158 $82,947.84
Environmental Protection Agency 147 $94,484.66
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 146 $95,027.05
Forest Service 133 $79,721.02
Department of State 120 $85,579.89
U.S. Coast Guard 111 $77,764.20
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 99 $85,603.38
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 98 $85,145.30
Rural Housing Service 95 $77,848.58
Bureau of Reclamation 94 $79,636.46
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 84 $116,082.80
Office of Justice Programs 83 $95,570.64
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 80 $88,932.60
Veterans Benefits Administration 80 $72,395.96
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 79 $93,295.72
Internal Revenue Service 73 $87,009.79
Drug Enforcement Administration 69 $91,924.20
Headquarters, Nasa 67 $98,542.07
Bureau of Economic Analysis 66 $86,472.47
Offices, Boards and Divisions 62 $95,409.39
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 61 $94,329.05
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 61 $91,380.08
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 60 $90,279.07
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 60 $101,044.88
Federal Emergency Management Agency 59 $91,643.46
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 51 $122,220.61
Indian Health Service 51 $73,334.76
National Institutes of Health 51 $97,419.04
Social Security Administration 50 $95,272.88
Goddard Space Flight Center 49 $98,133.47
Office of Personnel Management 47 $99,675.49
National Institute of Standards and Technology 47 $90,002.00
Federal Student Aid 46 $101,333.39
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 46 $99,342.39
Agency for International Development 46 $85,907.09
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 45 $85,828.53
Bureau of the Census 42 $84,452.90
Food and Nutrition Service 42 $95,069.74
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 42 $89,951.29
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 38 $93,163.74
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 38 $107,183.34
Rural Utilities Service 37 $96,383.24
U.S. Mint 37 $95,432.27
Small Business Administration 35 $105,119.09
National Park Service 31 $94,316.26
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 31 $85,642.42
Patent and Trademark Office 29 $94,019.83
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $86,312.62
Geological Survey 29 $96,541.17
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 28 $96,309.21
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 27 $109,966.11
Government Printing Office 26 $91,666.65
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $93,202.04
Bureau of Land Management 25 $89,725.76
Food Safety and Inspection Service 25 $88,454.36
Departmental Offices 24 $103,985.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 24 $86,484.08
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 24 $119,274.58
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 23 $100,773.87
Food and Drug Administration 23 $95,546.26
U.S. Secret Service 23 $100,620.70
Indian Affairs 23 $87,046.04
Langley Research Center 22 $83,568.73
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 22 $89,565.82
National Science Foundation 21 $108,772.10
Transportation Security Administration 21 $106,552.14
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 21 $127,332.86
International Trade Administration 21 $97,831.62
Risk Management Agency 20 $85,124.55
Office of Comptroller of Currency 20 $123,254.85
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 20 $110,132.70
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 20 $77,966.45
National Archives and Records Administration 19 $97,552.05
Federal Communications Commission 19 $120,817.89
Federal Bureau of Investigation 18 $103,034.56
Office of Thrift Supervision 18 $135,590.06
Employment and Training Administration 17 $88,970.53
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 17 $84,873.18
Federal Highway Administration 16 $98,040.31
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 16 $101,499.25
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 16 $97,514.81
Ames Research Center 15 $93,449.47
U.S. Marshals Service 15 $91,925.33
Agricultural Research Service 13 $98,508.69
Corporation for National and Community Service 13 $90,217.77
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $96,170.69
Federal Transit Administration 13 $106,219.77
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $67,313.92
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 12 $101,856.17
Office of Secretary of Transportation 11 $115,077.00
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 9 $93,032.56
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $112,333.11
Federal Trade Commission 9 $117,097.89
National Technical Information Service 8 $102,009.75
Natural Resources Conservation Service 7 $97,511.43
National Cemetery Administration 7 $88,278.29
Employment Standards Administration 7 $80,452.43
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 7 $96,411.14
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $87,310.50
National Labor Relations Board 6 $104,327.33
Peace Corps 6 $90,618.67
National Gallery of Art 6 $131,046.17
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 6 $113,580.50
Maritime Administration 6 $123,642.50
Mine Safety and Health Administration 6 $92,356.17
Office of Administration 6 $93,947.83
Presidio Trust 6 $89,239.00
Federal Housing Finance Board 5 $136,152.20
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $91,174.80
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $112,326.40
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $91,914.40
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 5 $113,402.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 5 $70,975.40
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $101,082.20
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $91,646.80
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $94,928.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $116,146.00
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $100,115.60
National Credit Union Administration 5 $115,779.60
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $89,813.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 5 $94,478.40
Farm Credit Administration 5 $138,836.80
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $107,202.75
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 4 $101,926.25
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $80,071.50
Government National Mortgage Association 4 $97,847.75
Office of Governmentwide Policy 4 $118,456.25
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $113,352.75
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 3 $153,163.00
3 $106,527.67
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $89,905.33
Federal Acquisition Service 3 $101,076.33
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 3 $88,081.67
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $94,541.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $91,228.00
Selective Service System 2 $104,168.50
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $122,814.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $74,795.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $70,583.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $102,754.50
Office of Management and Budget 2 $138,460.50
Economic Development Administration 2 $107,936.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $63,985.00
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $116,505.50
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $84,655.00
Office of the Director 2 $108,849.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 2 $119,273.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $77,564.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $127,400.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $85,438.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $105,088.00
Departmental Administration 1 $102,851.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $85,727.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $127,942.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $134,538.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $116,705.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $100,057.00
1 $39,330.00
National Mediation Board 1 $60,942.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $120,907.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $80,759.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $85,727.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $96,295.25. The highest paid Accountant made $241,100 in 2008.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,767
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 933
ZA - Administrative 206
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 158
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 117
CG - Corporate Graded 50
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 50
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 38
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 38
PG - Printing Office Grades 26
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 21
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 21
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 20
ES - Senior Executive Service 19
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 18
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 13
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 13
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 11
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 6
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 6
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 5
TM - Federal Housing Finance Board Merit Pay 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
NF - Nnsa Future Leaders 2
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
TF - Federal Housing Finance Board Executive 1
TS - Federal Housing Finance Board Step Sys. 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 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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