Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $108,563.92* *Based on the 2015 average.
8,207 EMPLOYEES
$890.44M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 38th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 8,207 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $190,970.

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 964 $190,969.89
Veterans Health Administration 529 $68,737.64
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 478 $83,260.31
Federal Bureau of Investigation 413 $94,551.57
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 322 $89,850.72
Department of Energy 301 $102,989.89
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 211 $99,077.05
Federal Aviation Administration 203 $89,943.86
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 199 $101,713.92
U.S. Coast Guard 165 $89,536.95
Environmental Protection Agency 154 $102,474.89
Rural Housing Service 142 $87,676.85
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 137 $72,894.82
Program Support Center 123 $105,046.86
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 111 $91,655.42
Veterans Benefits Administration 108 $80,542.42
Internal Revenue Service 107 $102,967.07
Farm Service Agency 107 $94,365.18
Bureau of Reclamation 101 $83,226.54
Forest Service 93 $88,912.96
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 90 $94,174.14
Office of Justice Programs 84 $111,093.56
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 84 $97,845.98
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 82 $135,221.11
Drug Enforcement Administration 77 $108,401.73
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 72 $97,595.06
Offices, Boards and Divisions 68 $108,885.88
National Institutes of Health 66 $108,845.59
Headquarters, Nasa 65 $116,386.26
Bureau of the Census 65 $88,882.29
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 62 $103,527.42
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 60 $109,314.32
Social Security Administration 59 $93,469.15
Bureau of Economic Analysis 59 $94,044.80
National Institute of Standards and Technology 59 $106,377.17
Federal Student Aid 59 $112,991.95
Indian Health Service 58 $80,261.24
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 58 $119,051.64
Agency for International Development 57 $98,872.32
Federal Emergency Management Agency 56 $109,077.45
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 52 $110,881.77
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 49 $91,200.86
Goddard Space Flight Center 47 $111,406.30
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 43 $107,119.28
Office of Personnel Management 43 $116,349.09
Food and Nutrition Service 42 $102,340.62
Food and Drug Administration 39 $103,488.51
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 39 $118,354.72
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 36 $118,133.72
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 36 $103,615.11
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 36 $130,069.00
Departmental Offices 36 $125,608.36
Employment and Training Administration 35 $98,222.54
Natural Resources Conservation Service 34 $97,273.03
Transportation Security Administration 33 $113,323.27
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 33 $119,666.79
Office of Comptroller of Currency 33 $173,168.36
Rural Utilities Service 33 $102,679.21
Patent and Trademark Office 33 $110,376.24
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 32 $93,963.53
Small Business Administration 32 $101,049.44
Risk Management Agency 30 $89,662.53
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 29 $109,491.17
John F. Kennedy Space Center 27 $99,169.85
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 27 $103,390.37
National Park Service 26 $116,240.81
Government Printing Office 25 $113,026.48
Federal Housing Finance Agency 25 $170,233.84
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 24 $101,310.71
U.S. Mint 24 $111,569.54
Federal Communications Commission 24 $119,647.17
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 24 $82,395.46
Bureau of Land Management 24 $95,667.71
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 23 $119,915.87
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $96,740.48
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $107,777.91
Indian Affairs 19 $100,700.00
U.S. Secret Service 18 $110,251.44
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 18 $101,345.89
Geological Survey 18 $111,175.28
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 18 $93,028.89
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 18 $122,210.72
International Trade Administration 18 $114,586.17
National Credit Union Administration 18 $115,019.22
National Science Foundation 17 $123,288.06
Office of Secretary of Transportation 17 $129,724.94
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 17 $96,058.71
Food Safety and Inspection Service 16 $111,035.38
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $110,788.80
Federal Trade Commission 15 $119,937.67
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 14 $132,985.36
Corporation for National and Community Service 14 $102,963.29
Langley Research Center 14 $91,875.93
John C. Stennis Space Center 14 $84,293.00
Federal Highway Administration 14 $110,317.29
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 14 $112,255.93
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 14 $99,959.07
National Protection and Programs Directorate 13 $99,532.92
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $114,891.77
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 13 $98,679.54
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 13 $110,755.62
Export-Import Bank of the United States 13 $98,603.62
Railroad Retirement Board 12 $97,186.50
Federal Transit Administration 12 $116,752.17
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $95,720.64
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 10 $109,597.80
Ames Research Center 10 $111,505.00
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $105,038.40
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $87,774.00
Presidio Trust 9 $97,576.78
Agricultural Research Service 8 $107,146.25
Bureau of Labor Statistics 8 $105,499.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $134,430.13
National Labor Relations Board 7 $101,627.43
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $108,475.14
National Cemetery Administration 7 $98,784.86
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $99,484.00
National Technical Information Service 7 $103,562.57
Office of Administration 7 $127,472.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $96,740.57
Government National Mortgage Association 7 $113,330.29
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $106,927.83
Maritime Administration 6 $121,761.83
Ous for Science and Technology 6 $118,254.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $107,070.60
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $117,629.60
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $125,057.80
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $129,982.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $165,906.40
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $98,297.00
Farm Credit Administration 5 $151,080.80
Peace Corps 4 $92,598.00
National Gallery of Art 4 $168,036.75
U.S. International Trade Commission 4 $109,451.25
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $111,157.75
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $103,859.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 4 $123,859.75
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $103,396.75
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $95,118.33
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $109,433.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 3 $100,727.33
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $107,742.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $91,246.00
Federal Election Commission 3 $115,084.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $138,654.67
Selective Service System 3 $84,182.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 3 $91,477.33
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $109,644.67
Wage and Hour Division 3 $101,003.67
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $103,456.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $100,920.50
African Development Foundation 2 $92,678.50
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $99,074.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $87,837.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $104,469.50
Office of the Director 2 $127,282.00
Office of Administrative Services 2 $126,624.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $114,816.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $73,161.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $96,878.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $104,446.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $91,814.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $100,904.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $121,635.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $90,823.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $100,161.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $132,368.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $158,700.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $83,468.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $96,878.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $115,041.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $128,790.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $102,142.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $183,267.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $105,960.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $158,700.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $112,014.00
Pretrial Services Agency 1 $115,141.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $92,523.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $63,722.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $108,563.92. The highest paid Accountant made $266,894 in 2015.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,386
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 952
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 203
ZA - Administrative 198
CG - Corporate Graded 80
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 61
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 43
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 40
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 33
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 33
PG - Printing Office Grades 25
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 23
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 19
CU - Credit Union Employees 18
ES - Senior Executive Service 17
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 13
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 12
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 7
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 4
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 3
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 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
SL - Senior Level Positions 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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