Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $105,830.17* *Based on the 2014 average.
8,276 EMPLOYEES
$875.53M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 51st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 8,276 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $176,315.

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 956 $176,314.53
Veterans Health Administration 525 $68,557.46
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 431 $84,847.61
Federal Bureau of Investigation 413 $91,045.83
Department of Energy 294 $100,928.52
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 215 $98,444.22
Federal Aviation Administration 213 $88,089.94
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 197 $89,580.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 187 $100,959.62
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 171 $72,487.97
U.S. Coast Guard 160 $88,607.29
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 159 $90,941.86
Environmental Protection Agency 148 $99,277.36
Rural Housing Service 132 $87,943.90
Program Support Center 129 $104,696.47
Department of State 123 $96,959.82
Forest Service 106 $90,072.56
Farm Service Agency 105 $94,195.07
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 104 $91,757.73
Internal Revenue Service 100 $103,972.82
Veterans Benefits Administration 100 $80,536.88
Bureau of Reclamation 94 $83,889.78
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 93 $128,009.25
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 88 $93,591.47
Office of Justice Programs 86 $108,894.83
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 83 $98,083.33
Drug Enforcement Administration 80 $107,693.23
Headquarters, Nasa 69 $114,414.17
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 67 $93,327.07
National Institutes of Health 65 $106,159.34
Offices, Boards and Divisions 64 $107,906.89
Agency for International Development 62 $94,574.16
Indian Health Service 62 $78,537.84
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 61 $102,889.34
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 60 $108,957.72
Federal Emergency Management Agency 59 $108,877.69
Federal Student Aid 58 $110,033.29
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 57 $118,384.96
Bureau of the Census 57 $91,687.70
National Institute of Standards and Technology 56 $102,611.89
Social Security Administration 54 $96,575.52
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 50 $92,821.20
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 50 $111,543.74
Bureau of Economic Analysis 49 $93,887.14
Goddard Space Flight Center 46 $109,005.89
Office of Personnel Management 44 $112,887.91
Food and Nutrition Service 44 $97,243.84
Food and Drug Administration 41 $101,721.95
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 41 $118,847.02
Transportation Security Administration 40 $112,847.73
Departmental Offices 39 $120,857.97
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 38 $116,643.47
Small Business Administration 37 $102,330.24
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 35 $128,415.31
Natural Resources Conservation Service 35 $93,355.60
Employment and Training Administration 35 $96,521.94
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 33 $119,749.79
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 33 $99,311.36
Patent and Trademark Office 33 $107,957.30
Office of Comptroller of Currency 32 $163,111.56
Rural Utilities Service 31 $102,306.45
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 30 $96,526.93
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $97,925.90
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 29 $91,911.52
Federal Housing Finance Agency 28 $167,644.82
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 28 $102,567.79
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 27 $109,336.30
National Park Service 26 $116,433.81
Government Printing Office 26 $112,406.27
U.S. Mint 26 $109,724.77
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $101,135.16
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 24 $118,955.25
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 24 $78,987.21
Risk Management Agency 24 $87,838.04
Bureau of Land Management 22 $94,239.27
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 21 $96,864.52
Indian Affairs 20 $99,836.30
International Trade Administration 20 $112,693.10
National Credit Union Administration 20 $111,752.80
Federal Communications Commission 19 $128,266.47
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 19 $99,335.68
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 19 $117,553.42
U.S. Marshals Service 19 $110,822.74
Geological Survey 18 $114,689.33
National Science Foundation 18 $122,202.44
U.S. Secret Service 16 $113,505.06
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 15 $92,513.47
Federal Highway Administration 15 $108,531.93
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 15 $98,608.47
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $110,998.13
Food Safety and Inspection Service 14 $107,157.21
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 14 $109,978.71
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $127,188.79
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 14 $134,450.57
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 14 $99,426.36
Langley Research Center 14 $91,670.07
John C. Stennis Space Center 14 $82,361.93
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 14 $95,358.36
Export-Import Bank of the United States 13 $98,315.85
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $93,828.54
Federal Transit Administration 13 $113,084.85
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $111,743.85
Ames Research Center 13 $113,509.08
Federal Trade Commission 12 $125,933.08
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 12 $118,783.17
Corporation for National and Community Service 12 $106,489.58
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $94,539.36
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 10 $98,803.90
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 9 $96,748.67
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $83,591.11
National Technical Information Service 9 $102,752.78
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $130,570.13
National Cemetery Administration 8 $102,225.13
National Protection and Programs Directorate 8 $94,917.25
Ous for Science and Technology 8 $111,075.00
Agricultural Research Service 8 $104,006.13
Bureau of Labor Statistics 8 $100,184.75
Office of Administration 7 $105,414.86
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $96,398.71
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $103,997.14
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $105,645.86
Government National Mortgage Association 7 $106,593.71
National Labor Relations Board 7 $94,290.71
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $119,516.50
Farm Credit Administration 6 $150,065.50
Presidio Trust 6 $92,502.33
Maritime Administration 6 $121,583.67
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $127,941.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $114,241.40
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $120,545.80
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $97,470.20
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 5 $99,780.80
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $105,850.40
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $153,485.20
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $93,767.80
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 5 $119,943.00
Peace Corps 5 $93,370.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 4 $102,187.25
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $103,890.00
National Gallery of Art 4 $159,957.00
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $108,349.75
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $105,980.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $110,556.67
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $135,959.33
Employee Benefits Security Administration 3 $115,163.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $101,286.67
Wage and Hour Division 3 $94,989.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 3 $96,550.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $107,993.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 3 $122,855.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $105,905.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $100,914.67
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $103,197.67
Office of the Director 2 $124,521.00
Office of Administrative Services 2 $125,369.00
Selective Service System 2 $109,367.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $93,061.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $106,131.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $83,336.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $52,146.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 1 $131,708.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $59,915.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $113,981.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $90,906.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $76,446.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $120,429.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $127,656.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $99,170.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $127,512.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $100,904.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $113,904.00
African Development Foundation 1 $120,429.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $82,302.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $157,100.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $85,703.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $92,922.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $98,916.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $123,970.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $77,121.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $154,160.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $105,830.17. The highest paid Accountant made $265,860 in 2014.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,443
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 942
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 213
ZA - Administrative 185
CG - Corporate Graded 91
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 75
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 44
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 40
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 36
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 32
PG - Printing Office Grades 26
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 25
CU - Credit Union Employees 20
ES - Senior Executive Service 19
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 19
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 14
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 11
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 7
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 5
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 3
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
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 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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