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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $102,255.49* *Based on the 2010 average.
8,315 EMPLOYEES
$849.95M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 8,315 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $160,271.

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 996 $160,270.69
Veterans Health Administration 496 $66,405.66
Department of Energy 378 $98,606.43
Federal Bureau of Investigation 278 $86,684.15
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 216 $72,006.41
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 207 $98,524.94
Bureau of the Public Debt 201 $79,064.87
Federal Aviation Administration 195 $84,125.94
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 189 $89,288.93
Financial Management Service 180 $105,052.25
Program Support Center 177 $100,276.97
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 160 $90,520.21
Environmental Protection Agency 160 $100,070.31
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 157 $101,370.68
Farm Service Agency 153 $88,969.01
U.S. Coast Guard 136 $85,683.29
Forest Service 135 $84,667.79
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 114 $110,047.51
Department of State 112 $92,817.70
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 112 $90,340.04
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 104 $89,723.95
Rural Housing Service 97 $83,303.44
Bureau of Reclamation 95 $82,609.20
Veterans Benefits Administration 92 $77,121.29
Drug Enforcement Administration 89 $96,262.51
Internal Revenue Service 88 $98,111.65
Office of Justice Programs 79 $104,649.13
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 77 $92,367.25
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 76 $96,827.89
Headquarters, Nasa 75 $107,514.19
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 70 $120,581.46
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 69 $89,891.70
Bureau of Economic Analysis 68 $93,325.44
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 68 $104,273.29
National Institutes of Health 68 $97,661.88
Offices, Boards and Divisions 67 $103,985.91
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 63 $105,341.16
Indian Health Service 61 $75,452.87
Federal Emergency Management Agency 61 $102,551.31
Bureau of the Census 60 $81,229.58
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 57 $106,045.35
Federal Student Aid 55 $101,579.80
Food and Nutrition Service 50 $98,302.32
Goddard Space Flight Center 50 $103,569.90
National Institute of Standards and Technology 50 $100,135.30
Office of Personnel Management 48 $103,136.35
Agency for International Development 48 $91,164.88
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 48 $92,689.19
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 46 $111,098.43
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 46 $89,477.17
Rural Utilities Service 46 $98,869.24
Social Security Administration 45 $102,634.18
Departmental Offices 43 $117,168.09
Small Business Administration 38 $112,115.76
Transportation Security Administration 36 $104,425.36
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 35 $114,351.49
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 35 $102,286.40
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 35 $119,896.40
U.S. Mint 33 $108,408.45
National Park Service 32 $103,245.78
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 30 $98,633.37
Food and Drug Administration 30 $103,537.80
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 29 $113,890.79
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 29 $102,216.93
Federal Housing Finance Agency 29 $140,637.45
John F. Kennedy Space Center 28 $97,082.50
Geological Survey 27 $106,688.67
Patent and Trademark Office 27 $105,981.15
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 27 $87,182.56
Bureau of Land Management 26 $96,818.08
Employment and Training Administration 26 $97,221.42
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $100,184.72
Government Printing Office 24 $101,863.08
Indian Affairs 24 $91,402.75
Risk Management Agency 22 $89,053.27
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 22 $96,265.64
Office of Comptroller of Currency 21 $139,612.33
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 21 $128,557.76
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 21 $82,479.19
Food Safety and Inspection Service 21 $99,348.76
U.S. Secret Service 20 $104,216.20
National Science Foundation 20 $116,699.85
National Archives and Records Administration 19 $101,459.26
U.S. Marshals Service 19 $94,910.79
Federal Communications Commission 19 $130,408.21
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 18 $107,634.61
International Trade Administration 18 $109,315.33
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 18 $105,411.83
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 17 $95,905.06
Office of Thrift Supervision 17 $150,414.24
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 16 $91,953.69
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 15 $108,287.27
Corporation for National and Community Service 15 $94,804.87
Ames Research Center 15 $104,426.87
Federal Highway Administration 15 $109,325.60
Railroad Retirement Board 14 $104,171.93
Federal Transit Administration 14 $111,559.43
Langley Research Center 14 $89,650.79
John C. Stennis Space Center 12 $76,725.42
Office of Secretary of Transportation 12 $125,251.42
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 12 $133,105.83
Federal Trade Commission 12 $125,338.75
Natural Resources Conservation Service 11 $110,807.18
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 11 $94,787.73
Agricultural Research Service 9 $107,638.44
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $96,104.63
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 8 $96,608.00
Peace Corps 8 $80,324.50
National Technical Information Service 8 $99,694.13
Health Resources and Services Administration 7 $105,944.86
National Labor Relations Board 7 $104,247.86
Employment Standards Administration 7 $87,900.43
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 7 $105,530.29
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $105,919.14
Farm Credit Administration 7 $147,067.86
Presidio Trust 7 $100,913.00
National Cemetery Administration 7 $105,323.43
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 6 $101,744.33
Government National Mortgage Association 6 $106,789.17
Dryden Flight Research Center 6 $79,614.83
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 6 $106,386.17
National Gallery of Art 6 $141,768.83
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $93,841.50
National Credit Union Administration 6 $119,578.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 6 $92,864.00
Office of Administration 6 $117,989.33
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $106,407.20
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $121,002.20
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 5 $125,143.20
Maritime Administration 5 $129,267.80
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $100,184.00
Departmental Administration 5 $101,037.00
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $126,925.60
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $102,152.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $143,112.40
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $93,234.25
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $127,350.25
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $114,991.50
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $121,163.67
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 3 $96,335.67
Ous for Science and Technology 3 $122,652.33
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $118,341.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $101,746.33
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $114,021.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $95,157.33
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $99,058.33
Federal Railroad Administration 3 $96,541.67
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $86,326.50
Selective Service System 2 $110,963.50
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $132,653.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $106,537.50
Economic Development Administration 2 $116,250.00
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $127,176.00
Office of the Director 2 $120,051.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $84,920.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $138,011.50
Office of Governmentwide Policy 2 $122,744.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $95,768.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $82,580.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $112,229.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $108,717.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $106,839.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $92,732.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $79,864.00
Immigration Office Assistant Secretary Operations, Security, and Preparedness 1 $119,238.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $155,500.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $155,500.00
1 $62,467.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $148,510.00
National Mediation Board 1 $70,794.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $129,868.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $50,481.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $104,072.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $92,159.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $69,204.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $145,682.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $91,254.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $102,255.49. The highest paid Accountant made $245,700 in 2010.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,334
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 984
ZA - Administrative 207
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 195
CG - Corporate Graded 112
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 108
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 52
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 36
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 36
PG - Printing Office Grades 24
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 24
ES - Senior Executive Service 23
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 21
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 21
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 20
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 17
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 17
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 15
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 12
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 9
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 8
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
CU - Credit Union Employees 6
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
TM - Federal Housing Finance Board Merit Pay 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
OE - Exec Of Ofc Fed Housg Enterpri Oversight 1
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
TF - Federal Housing Finance Board Executive 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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