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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $103,529.71* *Based on the 2013 average.
8,450 EMPLOYEES
$874.31M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 38th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 8,450 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $168,605.

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 971 $168,605.33
Veterans Health Administration 523 $67,882.57
Federal Bureau of Investigation 439 $88,027.11
Department of Energy 317 $99,360.46
Bureau of the Public Debt 290 $75,615.53
Federal Aviation Administration 222 $85,860.15
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 216 $96,048.69
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 195 $99,955.93
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 192 $87,624.10
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 172 $72,953.90
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 169 $87,779.43
Environmental Protection Agency 164 $96,777.25
U.S. Coast Guard 158 $84,385.60
Program Support Center 144 $105,138.32
Farm Service Agency 138 $91,810.66
Department of State 125 $93,305.89
Forest Service 123 $85,293.71
Financial Management Service 122 $106,466.76
Rural Housing Service 105 $85,056.61
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 103 $94,722.09
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 103 $124,647.94
Veterans Benefits Administration 99 $79,576.69
Bureau of Reclamation 97 $78,945.73
Internal Revenue Service 95 $102,517.21
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 90 $95,521.93
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 83 $94,574.06
Drug Enforcement Administration 83 $103,838.94
Office of Justice Programs 78 $109,858.50
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 76 $94,241.61
Indian Health Service 69 $77,619.91
Headquarters, Nasa 67 $113,252.03
National Institutes of Health 67 $102,044.97
Offices, Boards and Divisions 66 $103,444.67
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 65 $106,253.83
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 64 $102,187.84
Bureau of the Census 61 $86,589.97
Federal Emergency Management Agency 61 $107,012.36
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 59 $109,466.24
Federal Student Aid 59 $106,144.51
Agency for International Development 56 $94,317.02
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 54 $121,699.94
National Institute of Standards and Technology 53 $100,667.00
Office of Personnel Management 50 $110,393.50
Food and Nutrition Service 48 $95,229.90
Bureau of Economic Analysis 48 $94,046.67
Goddard Space Flight Center 48 $109,431.33
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 47 $92,373.02
Social Security Administration 46 $98,086.04
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 45 $115,726.36
Departmental Offices 41 $115,917.27
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 41 $112,274.71
Food and Drug Administration 39 $99,354.08
Small Business Administration 38 $104,652.42
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 38 $116,947.87
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 37 $91,907.14
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 35 $127,278.83
Transportation Security Administration 35 $113,204.74
Rural Utilities Service 34 $100,703.03
Office of Comptroller of Currency 33 $158,626.61
Natural Resources Conservation Service 33 $88,655.52
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 31 $99,804.52
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 31 $98,570.58
Patent and Trademark Office 31 $105,142.16
National Park Service 30 $110,676.30
Employment and Training Administration 30 $97,889.77
U.S. Mint 30 $105,358.23
Federal Housing Finance Agency 29 $157,802.41
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 28 $92,753.86
John F. Kennedy Space Center 28 $95,576.57
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 27 $97,653.07
Government Printing Office 25 $107,518.60
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 23 $109,144.70
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 22 $120,744.86
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 22 $80,158.23
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 22 $99,228.86
Bureau of Land Management 22 $93,538.32
Federal Communications Commission 22 $129,585.55
Indian Affairs 21 $97,845.43
U.S. Marshals Service 21 $102,799.38
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 20 $96,707.20
Risk Management Agency 19 $86,904.53
International Trade Administration 19 $112,897.79
National Credit Union Administration 19 $104,789.37
Geological Survey 19 $111,492.68
U.S. Secret Service 19 $106,206.63
National Science Foundation 18 $118,049.28
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 16 $95,707.31
Federal Highway Administration 15 $107,138.20
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $107,386.67
Food Safety and Inspection Service 15 $105,444.47
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 15 $116,673.27
Ames Research Center 14 $108,040.21
John C. Stennis Space Center 14 $84,754.21
Export-Import Bank of the United States 14 $93,223.43
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 14 $133,127.86
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $124,551.43
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 14 $113,136.29
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 14 $110,359.14
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 14 $98,414.07
Corporation for National and Community Service 14 $104,569.36
Langley Research Center 13 $89,454.31
Federal Transit Administration 12 $116,955.17
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 12 $99,607.08
Railroad Retirement Board 12 $87,233.83
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 12 $97,328.58
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 11 $96,003.09
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 11 $114,704.91
Federal Trade Commission 11 $126,835.18
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $99,980.60
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 10 $99,302.30
National Technical Information Service 9 $98,806.00
Government National Mortgage Association 9 $109,929.33
Broadcasting Board of Governors 9 $117,813.44
Dryden Flight Research Center 8 $84,525.88
Maritime Administration 8 $123,060.13
National Cemetery Administration 8 $99,482.25
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $127,833.88
Agricultural Research Service 8 $99,960.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $104,019.14
Ous for Science and Technology 7 $104,807.71
Peace Corps 7 $79,875.29
Office of Administration 7 $121,580.86
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $102,951.29
Presidio Trust 7 $100,927.29
Health Resources and Services Administration 7 $98,500.57
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $87,189.29
National Labor Relations Board 6 $103,170.83
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $109,124.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $94,735.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $98,970.00
National Gallery of Art 6 $147,285.17
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $125,361.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $104,768.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $118,752.40
Farm Credit Administration 5 $150,818.80
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $104,689.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $148,647.40
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 5 $116,758.60
Millennium Challenge Corporation 4 $138,814.50
Office of Administrative Services 4 $120,789.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $100,980.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $102,047.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $105,206.50
Mine Safety and Health Administration 4 $105,372.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 3 $84,366.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $105,249.33
Office of Labor-Management Standards 3 $80,695.67
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $114,021.00
Selective Service System 3 $97,979.67
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 3 $119,630.33
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $96,947.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $97,980.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $96,326.33
Wage and Hour Division 2 $92,339.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $70,979.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $106,133.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $115,731.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $115,716.00
Office of the Director 2 $123,289.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $106,415.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $101,843.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $115,731.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $97,936.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $95,459.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $97,936.00
African Development Foundation 1 $64,548.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $152,635.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 1 $115,742.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $124,632.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $155,500.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $112,774.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $122,744.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $76,689.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $70,012.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $126,392.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $144,385.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $126,251.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $42,209.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $92,127.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $87,278.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $109,807.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $74,872.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $84,855.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $103,529.71. The highest paid Accountant made $251,500 in 2013.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,563
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 958
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 222
ZA - Administrative 178
CG - Corporate Graded 101
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 75
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 49
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 39
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 35
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 33
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 26
PG - Printing Office Grades 25
ES - Senior Executive Service 20
CU - Credit Union Employees 19
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 18
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 15
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 13
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 13
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 7
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 6
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 4
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 3
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 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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