Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $102,877.20* *Based on the 2012 average.
8,474 EMPLOYEES
$870.96M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 8,474 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $165,401.

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 959 $165,400.77
Veterans Health Administration 535 $66,824.48
Federal Bureau of Investigation 427 $87,182.43
Department of Energy 333 $98,760.65
Bureau of the Public Debt 246 $77,880.52
Federal Aviation Administration 216 $85,976.91
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 210 $98,087.65
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 190 $100,224.53
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 188 $88,399.55
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 186 $71,613.84
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 178 $87,724.12
Environmental Protection Agency 165 $99,329.16
U.S. Coast Guard 163 $84,052.55
Financial Management Service 154 $107,596.05
Program Support Center 150 $105,946.23
Farm Service Agency 136 $91,111.76
Forest Service 126 $84,055.54
Department of State 118 $94,181.38
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 110 $118,815.34
Rural Housing Service 106 $82,273.10
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 99 $91,220.84
Bureau of Reclamation 99 $78,586.45
Internal Revenue Service 97 $98,572.42
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 93 $93,556.74
Veterans Benefits Administration 88 $80,468.48
Drug Enforcement Administration 87 $101,022.91
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 80 $91,004.34
Office of Justice Programs 78 $107,890.88
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 76 $95,803.91
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 71 $103,742.34
Headquarters, Nasa 67 $112,164.04
Offices, Boards and Divisions 67 $101,439.28
Indian Health Service 66 $77,308.31
Federal Emergency Management Agency 64 $104,180.72
National Institutes of Health 63 $102,261.17
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 61 $106,071.56
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 61 $105,804.23
Federal Student Aid 59 $103,294.02
Bureau of the Census 57 $86,316.46
Bureau of Economic Analysis 56 $98,433.04
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 56 $123,270.52
National Institute of Standards and Technology 53 $100,725.89
Goddard Space Flight Center 52 $104,927.81
Office of Personnel Management 51 $107,941.31
Food and Nutrition Service 47 $98,232.36
Social Security Administration 45 $101,878.49
Agency for International Development 44 $95,257.91
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 44 $95,035.91
Departmental Offices 44 $116,337.43
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 43 $108,684.53
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 42 $120,877.33
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 40 $115,411.65
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 40 $92,817.75
Food and Drug Administration 40 $95,675.55
Transportation Security Administration 38 $109,739.71
Small Business Administration 38 $108,620.74
Rural Utilities Service 36 $102,446.94
Natural Resources Conservation Service 34 $82,439.74
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 34 $123,626.94
Office of Comptroller of Currency 34 $151,069.71
National Park Service 33 $110,727.39
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 32 $103,230.31
Federal Housing Finance Agency 31 $147,731.42
U.S. Mint 31 $106,636.13
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 29 $89,490.90
Patent and Trademark Office 29 $105,353.48
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 29 $105,310.21
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 28 $101,765.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 27 $95,709.22
Employment and Training Administration 27 $92,177.59
Government Printing Office 26 $106,268.92
Geological Survey 24 $108,165.75
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 23 $109,267.57
Federal Communications Commission 23 $131,577.26
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 23 $114,788.61
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 23 $78,599.74
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 22 $98,795.00
Bureau of Land Management 22 $95,629.91
Indian Affairs 22 $98,543.95
Risk Management Agency 22 $87,483.41
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 21 $118,871.81
U.S. Secret Service 21 $103,089.19
U.S. Marshals Service 21 $100,303.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 20 $90,034.55
International Trade Administration 19 $112,295.16
National Science Foundation 18 $119,383.39
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 18 $114,961.67
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 17 $92,857.35
National Credit Union Administration 17 $103,986.06
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 16 $95,378.19
Ames Research Center 16 $108,552.25
Railroad Retirement Board 16 $101,577.69
Food Safety and Inspection Service 16 $104,897.31
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 15 $107,954.07
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $104,357.47
Federal Highway Administration 15 $105,172.87
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 14 $114,318.79
Langley Research Center 14 $84,618.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 14 $84,390.57
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $129,669.57
Federal Transit Administration 14 $114,092.86
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 13 $92,382.46
Federal Trade Commission 11 $125,687.73
Export-Import Bank of the United States 11 $103,672.73
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 10 $113,178.10
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 10 $97,357.10
Health Resources and Services Administration 10 $97,088.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 9 $124,266.33
Government National Mortgage Association 9 $117,004.22
National Labor Relations Board 9 $92,981.67
Peace Corps 9 $82,039.00
Maritime Administration 9 $113,770.33
National Cemetery Administration 9 $101,447.78
Agricultural Research Service 8 $100,581.38
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $99,761.75
Broadcasting Board of Governors 8 $117,524.00
National Technical Information Service 8 $98,972.88
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 8 $97,903.13
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $83,610.14
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 7 $117,207.29
National Gallery of Art 7 $145,554.71
Presidio Trust 7 $99,713.00
Office of Administration 7 $119,425.57
Farm Credit Administration 6 $151,487.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 6 $112,615.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 6 $108,149.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 5 $91,702.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $125,087.40
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $116,733.80
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 5 $104,244.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $94,723.80
Ous for Science and Technology 5 $99,681.60
Bureau of Labor Statistics 5 $101,595.60
Departmental Administration 5 $101,720.20
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 4 $110,141.75
Millennium Challenge Corporation 4 $137,368.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 4 $134,134.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $99,762.75
Office of Administrative Services 4 $120,789.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $97,072.00
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $115,492.25
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $146,514.75
Mine Safety and Health Administration 4 $99,646.75
Selective Service System 3 $100,018.67
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 3 $120,047.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $91,505.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $95,957.67
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $94,367.67
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $97,632.67
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 3 $104,664.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 3 $100,512.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $101,483.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $102,671.33
Office of Labor-Management Standards 3 $78,200.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $114,021.00
Wage and Hour Division 2 $85,693.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $110,885.50
Office of the Director 2 $123,289.00
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $103,342.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $83,537.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $98,606.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $106,537.50
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $95,459.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $155,500.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $97,936.00
1 $66,630.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $155,500.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $139,217.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $119,238.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $116,031.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $119,238.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $73,396.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $152,635.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $126,251.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $81,823.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $109,807.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $136,771.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $82,359.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $84,550.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $97,936.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $115,731.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $102,877.20. The highest paid Accountant made $250,684 in 2012.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,538
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 946
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 216
ZA - Administrative 196
CG - Corporate Graded 108
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 89
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 53
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 38
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 36
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 34
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 28
PG - Printing Office Grades 26
ES - Senior Executive Service 22
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 19
CU - Credit Union Employees 17
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 17
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 16
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 15
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 13
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 9
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 7
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
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 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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