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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $102,457.84* *Based on the 2011 average.
8,459 EMPLOYEES
$866.08M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 8,459 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $161,044.

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 982 $161,043.80
Veterans Health Administration 512 $67,237.66
Federal Bureau of Investigation 374 $85,409.03
Department of Energy 334 $98,331.23
Bureau of the Public Debt 220 $78,455.34
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 210 $99,033.16
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 204 $72,188.33
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 198 $99,926.01
Federal Aviation Administration 194 $87,088.34
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 190 $88,630.38
Financial Management Service 175 $107,570.73
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 174 $87,534.45
Program Support Center 168 $103,587.29
Environmental Protection Agency 166 $99,642.37
U.S. Coast Guard 161 $83,910.50
Farm Service Agency 141 $89,890.72
Forest Service 131 $84,283.12
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 127 $114,183.11
Department of State 112 $93,828.76
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 106 $91,067.64
Rural Housing Service 104 $83,887.40
Internal Revenue Service 96 $98,853.99
Bureau of Reclamation 96 $79,376.25
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 96 $92,143.46
Veterans Benefits Administration 90 $79,537.86
Drug Enforcement Administration 88 $98,385.36
Office of Justice Programs 81 $106,108.35
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 79 $94,533.11
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 78 $89,512.29
Headquarters, Nasa 71 $109,679.54
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 68 $105,821.84
Federal Emergency Management Agency 67 $105,287.99
National Institutes of Health 66 $99,888.97
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 65 $121,995.92
Offices, Boards and Divisions 62 $105,797.81
Indian Health Service 61 $76,815.80
Bureau of Economic Analysis 61 $97,025.00
Bureau of the Census 61 $82,652.80
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 59 $107,086.93
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 59 $106,149.59
Federal Student Aid 58 $102,301.72
National Institute of Standards and Technology 56 $100,103.32
Office of Personnel Management 50 $103,117.70
Goddard Space Flight Center 50 $104,596.02
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 48 $94,874.40
Food and Nutrition Service 48 $98,324.40
Rural Utilities Service 45 $101,313.40
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 45 $93,922.87
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 44 $109,742.18
Agency for International Development 44 $92,890.73
Social Security Administration 44 $101,953.66
Departmental Offices 44 $114,546.20
Transportation Security Administration 42 $108,557.45
National Park Service 38 $107,671.84
Small Business Administration 38 $113,785.21
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 37 $116,915.24
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 36 $103,807.14
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 34 $120,888.35
U.S. Mint 33 $106,437.36
Food and Drug Administration 31 $106,253.74
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 31 $103,945.13
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 31 $102,484.81
Office of Comptroller of Currency 30 $148,008.80
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 30 $92,433.03
Federal Housing Finance Agency 29 $149,487.21
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 28 $101,078.54
Natural Resources Conservation Service 28 $75,408.82
Patent and Trademark Office 26 $107,565.27
Geological Survey 24 $107,344.21
John F. Kennedy Space Center 24 $101,282.00
Bureau of Land Management 23 $94,116.30
Indian Affairs 23 $95,146.61
Government Printing Office 23 $104,594.30
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 23 $105,533.43
Federal Communications Commission 23 $131,791.22
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 22 $125,859.95
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 22 $112,393.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 22 $97,103.14
Risk Management Agency 22 $87,708.77
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 21 $83,038.90
U.S. Marshals Service 21 $97,087.71
Employment and Training Administration 21 $91,980.81
U.S. Secret Service 20 $103,994.60
National Science Foundation 20 $118,024.00
International Trade Administration 19 $111,639.42
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 19 $91,370.89
Corporation for National and Community Service 19 $88,412.95
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 19 $111,590.58
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 17 $92,187.88
Langley Research Center 16 $87,470.19
National Archives and Records Administration 16 $102,803.88
Railroad Retirement Board 16 $99,676.31
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 16 $90,437.63
Federal Highway Administration 15 $110,499.73
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 15 $112,636.07
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 15 $109,700.13
Ames Research Center 15 $107,324.40
John C. Stennis Space Center 14 $81,867.86
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $127,410.29
Federal Transit Administration 14 $112,372.43
Food Safety and Inspection Service 13 $98,615.08
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 12 $117,047.17
Federal Trade Commission 12 $127,350.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $95,356.45
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 10 $129,603.20
Agricultural Research Service 10 $102,834.80
National Credit Union Administration 9 $103,880.44
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $105,964.00
Maritime Administration 9 $117,074.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 9 $107,233.67
National Cemetery Administration 9 $100,408.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $90,958.78
National Technical Information Service 8 $94,045.50
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $99,237.88
Government National Mortgage Association 8 $109,410.75
National Labor Relations Board 7 $99,118.43
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $79,846.43
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 7 $115,025.86
Presidio Trust 7 $100,041.57
Office of Administration 7 $116,647.86
Peace Corps 6 $77,282.33
National Gallery of Art 6 $145,378.83
Farm Credit Administration 6 $146,534.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $113,570.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 6 $104,531.33
Departmental Administration 6 $103,428.33
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $92,806.00
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $123,731.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 5 $126,123.80
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $105,257.80
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $107,491.40
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $99,840.20
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $97,909.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $145,641.50
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 4 $122,789.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 4 $113,056.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $103,972.50
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 4 $121,281.50
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $105,297.50
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $130,759.25
Ous for Science and Technology 4 $94,507.75
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $90,058.33
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $101,290.33
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 3 $116,900.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $107,692.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 3 $75,704.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $114,021.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $96,326.33
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $119,330.33
U.S. International Trade Commission 3 $140,802.33
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $126,244.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $89,259.00
U.S. Trustee Program 2 $128,004.50
Wage and Hour Division 2 $83,169.50
Selective Service System 2 $110,263.50
Office of the Director 2 $121,805.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $79,234.50
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $109,681.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $99,156.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $83,537.50
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $87,530.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $105,888.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $93,484.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $108,037.50
Economic Development Administration 2 $117,484.50
Administration for Children and Families 1 $82,359.00
1 $64,548.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $97,969.00
African Development Foundation 1 $77,368.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $155,500.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $148,510.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $70,759.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $139,135.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $82,123.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $71,280.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $112,624.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $122,744.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $92,732.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $90,713.00
Immigration Office Assistant Secretary Operations, Security, and Preparedness 1 $121,938.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $109,807.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $155,500.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $102,457.84. The highest paid Accountant made $241,742 in 2011.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,509
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 968
ZA - Administrative 202
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 194
CG - Corporate Graded 125
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 96
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 51
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 42
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 35
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 30
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 26
PG - Printing Office Grades 23
ES - Senior Executive Service 22
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 21
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 18
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 16
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 14
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 13
CU - Credit Union Employees 9
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 7
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 6
PD - Treasury Demonstration Project Positions 6
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
SN - Senior Level System 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 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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