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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $99,879.27* *Based on the 2009 average.
7,841 EMPLOYEES
$781.66M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 7,841 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $155,932.

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 966 $155,931.66
Veterans Health Administration 504 $64,527.17
Department of Energy 381 $95,599.25
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 229 $68,551.55
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 204 $96,115.50
Bureau of the Public Debt 196 $77,309.36
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 185 $86,923.58
Financial Management Service 184 $101,542.31
Federal Aviation Administration 182 $83,831.27
Program Support Center 170 $98,516.65
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 162 $88,131.31
Farm Service Agency 162 $86,437.51
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 151 $96,770.54
Environmental Protection Agency 147 $98,322.52
Forest Service 136 $82,468.96
Department of State 125 $89,930.81
U.S. Coast Guard 120 $83,572.03
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 108 $88,461.58
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 100 $88,788.09
Rural Housing Service 98 $80,605.97
Bureau of Reclamation 91 $81,597.04
Drug Enforcement Administration 86 $93,685.66
Office of Justice Programs 83 $99,979.57
Veterans Benefits Administration 83 $75,260.98
Internal Revenue Service 81 $92,295.88
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 76 $97,455.62
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 75 $94,469.85
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 74 $91,156.18
Headquarters, Nasa 73 $105,629.08
Bureau of Economic Analysis 70 $89,580.10
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 68 $117,732.99
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 67 $91,725.37
Offices, Boards and Divisions 66 $102,507.44
National Institutes of Health 63 $99,738.29
Federal Emergency Management Agency 60 $99,438.83
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 59 $106,997.20
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 58 $120,708.05
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 58 $99,800.50
National Institute of Standards and Technology 54 $95,262.39
Goddard Space Flight Center 54 $102,329.19
Bureau of the Census 52 $83,274.44
Indian Health Service 51 $75,151.88
Office of Personnel Management 50 $102,856.08
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 47 $109,206.51
Social Security Administration 47 $101,552.91
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 44 $88,171.25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 43 $92,005.16
Federal Student Aid 43 $108,009.35
Food and Nutrition Service 43 $98,592.98
Agency for International Development 43 $91,055.98
Rural Utilities Service 40 $98,443.55
Departmental Offices 40 $108,938.65
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 38 $117,004.18
U.S. Mint 36 $99,648.86
Small Business Administration 35 $111,638.69
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 34 $109,829.94
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 34 $99,497.68
National Park Service 32 $97,755.97
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 32 $91,484.53
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 30 $93,678.10
Bureau of Land Management 29 $93,502.28
Patent and Trademark Office 28 $102,708.54
John F. Kennedy Space Center 28 $94,359.32
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 27 $100,673.56
Federal Housing Finance Agency 26 $3,010.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 26 $108,538.77
Geological Survey 26 $101,703.69
Federal Bureau of Investigation 26 $96,459.23
Food and Drug Administration 25 $100,957.24
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $96,992.04
Employment and Training Administration 25 $91,211.04
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 24 $92,127.25
Food Safety and Inspection Service 23 $97,904.13
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 23 $124,881.61
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 22 $79,636.59
Indian Affairs 22 $89,080.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 22 $128,174.82
Transportation Security Administration 22 $114,011.41
Risk Management Agency 21 $86,115.76
International Trade Administration 21 $101,754.05
Government Printing Office 21 $100,912.24
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 20 $102,321.45
U.S. Secret Service 19 $104,616.42
Federal Communications Commission 18 $125,805.17
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 17 $107,902.24
National Archives and Records Administration 17 $102,707.82
U.S. Marshals Service 17 $97,854.65
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 16 $104,608.19
National Science Foundation 16 $119,826.06
Langley Research Center 16 $86,014.50
Federal Highway Administration 16 $100,817.25
Office of Thrift Supervision 15 $148,104.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 15 $94,599.67
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 14 $103,097.79
Ames Research Center 14 $101,700.57
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $102,633.62
Federal Transit Administration 13 $109,218.23
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 13 $130,432.15
Agricultural Research Service 13 $103,575.46
Corporation for National and Community Service 13 $94,950.23
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $73,566.17
Office of Secretary of Transportation 12 $124,549.58
Federal Trade Commission 11 $127,957.91
Natural Resources Conservation Service 9 $105,826.11
Employment Standards Administration 9 $90,564.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $118,523.11
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $89,708.38
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 8 $100,768.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 8 $101,712.38
National Labor Relations Board 7 $100,463.14
Peace Corps 7 $86,068.00
National Cemetery Administration 7 $98,399.71
National Technical Information Service 7 $100,506.57
Presidio Trust 7 $93,378.29
Farm Credit Administration 6 $140,574.67
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $98,054.00
National Gallery of Art 6 $137,521.83
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $90,599.17
National Endowment for the Arts 6 $101,939.33
Office of Administration 6 $102,830.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $97,580.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $121,570.00
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $107,657.00
National Credit Union Administration 5 $123,199.60
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $121,136.60
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $99,213.00
Maritime Administration 5 $124,236.60
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $118,662.20
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $95,279.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 5 $119,207.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $106,598.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 5 $77,788.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 5 $108,770.20
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $136,997.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $88,011.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $122,412.50
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 4 $113,956.50
Office of Governmentwide Policy 3 $123,268.67
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $105,312.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $93,482.33
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 3 $94,374.67
Ous for Science and Technology 3 $107,920.00
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $109,887.33
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $111,434.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $90,807.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $131,516.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $75,536.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $90,075.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $107,864.00
Economic Development Administration 2 $115,731.00
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $124,519.00
Office of the Director 2 $115,503.50
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $78,250.00
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $112,383.50
Selective Service System 2 $109,197.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $80,178.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $128,683.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $75,407.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $82,494.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $105,516.50
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $86,927.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $102,721.00
Departmental Administration 1 $109,570.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $88,443.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $110,211.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $153,053.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $133,543.00
1 $50,408.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $153,053.00
National Mediation Board 1 $69,118.00
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 1 $153,200.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $87,763.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $144,997.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $104,314.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $123,851.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $75,537.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $101,416.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $68,000.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $140,000.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $99,879.27. The highest paid Accountant made $242,300 in 2009.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 5,955
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 957
ZA - Administrative 218
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 182
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 119
CG - Corporate Graded 57
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 49
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 38
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 27
** - 26
ES - Senior Executive Service 22
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 22
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 22
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 22
PG - Printing Office Grades 21
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 16
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 15
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 13
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 10
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 9
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 7
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 7
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 6
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
NF - Nnsa Future Leaders 2
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 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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