Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $110,986.13* *Based on the 2016 average.
8,108 EMPLOYEES
$899.65M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 8,108 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $197,418.

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 $197,417.56
Veterans Health Administration 512 $69,912.24
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 488 $85,103.95
Federal Bureau of Investigation 459 $94,051.39
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 317 $92,659.83
Department of Energy 296 $103,964.24
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 208 $100,653.16
Federal Aviation Administration 205 $91,930.96
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 188 $104,715.27
Environmental Protection Agency 148 $105,444.09
Rural Housing Service 139 $89,194.65
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 131 $75,485.08
Department of State 128 $99,025.39
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 120 $90,754.42
Program Support Center 118 $103,468.73
Farm Service Agency 107 $95,400.79
Veterans Benefits Administration 105 $82,534.13
Internal Revenue Service 102 $107,235.93
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 97 $96,440.67
Bureau of Reclamation 96 $84,685.69
Office of Justice Programs 85 $113,254.66
Forest Service 81 $90,722.20
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 77 $100,924.97
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 75 $98,817.75
Drug Enforcement Administration 73 $110,179.90
Offices, Boards and Divisions 73 $110,887.30
Headquarters, Nasa 72 $117,536.46
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 71 $146,807.83
Federal Emergency Management Agency 70 $106,702.93
National Institutes of Health 66 $111,000.76
Bureau of the Census 66 $90,318.26
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 64 $110,198.08
Bureau of Economic Analysis 60 $92,751.63
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 59 $106,276.85
National Institute of Standards and Technology 59 $106,619.03
Indian Health Service 59 $80,859.31
Federal Student Aid 57 $116,094.42
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 57 $118,759.18
Agency for International Development 57 $103,470.68
Social Security Administration 54 $97,975.76
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 50 $112,132.14
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 49 $90,696.37
Goddard Space Flight Center 44 $110,982.36
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 40 $105,512.08
Food and Drug Administration 40 $104,036.10
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 40 $118,789.40
Food and Nutrition Service 37 $105,244.22
Office of Personnel Management 36 $119,535.47
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 35 $96,822.20
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 34 $133,766.65
Employment and Training Administration 34 $100,462.97
Departmental Offices 34 $128,896.94
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 33 $106,910.61
Office of Comptroller of Currency 32 $182,448.25
Risk Management Agency 32 $91,250.53
Rural Utilities Service 32 $102,395.44
Small Business Administration 31 $105,229.61
National Park Service 31 $115,364.10
Transportation Security Administration 30 $120,660.10
Patent and Trademark Office 30 $115,801.43
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 29 $118,901.10
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 28 $122,462.50
Government Printing Office 28 $114,136.43
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 27 $102,193.33
Natural Resources Conservation Service 27 $108,099.33
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 27 $117,208.48
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 26 $88,155.23
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 25 $95,601.16
U.S. Mint 25 $109,194.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 25 $100,051.20
Bureau of Land Management 24 $96,375.88
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 24 $119,570.58
Federal Housing Finance Agency 24 $179,109.42
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 22 $104,980.23
National Credit Union Administration 22 $120,840.09
Federal Communications Commission 21 $121,069.48
International Trade Administration 21 $113,723.29
U.S. Marshals Service 20 $110,996.80
Indian Affairs 19 $100,694.53
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 19 $124,572.79
Geological Survey 17 $113,509.24
Food Safety and Inspection Service 17 $112,531.76
National Science Foundation 16 $127,642.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 16 $99,342.88
U.S. Secret Service 16 $113,537.88
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 15 $104,912.00
Federal Trade Commission 15 $132,318.13
National Archives and Records Administration 15 $114,718.13
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 15 $97,043.07
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 15 $98,377.20
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 15 $101,134.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 15 $125,476.80
Export-Import Bank of the United States 14 $98,757.29
Federal Highway Administration 14 $113,343.79
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 14 $109,002.86
Federal Transit Administration 13 $117,632.77
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $117,263.31
Office of Secretary of Transportation 13 $134,619.69
John C. Stennis Space Center 13 $88,314.54
National Protection and Programs Directorate 12 $103,293.75
Langley Research Center 11 $94,337.45
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $100,437.18
Corporation for National and Community Service 11 $104,469.09
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 11 $121,686.00
Railroad Retirement Board 10 $95,173.90
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 10 $105,497.00
Government National Mortgage Association 10 $116,629.00
Ames Research Center 10 $106,199.20
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 9 $100,632.78
Agricultural Research Service 9 $107,587.78
Presidio Trust 9 $99,489.56
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $106,566.22
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $136,976.88
Ous for Science and Technology 8 $120,566.13
Dryden Flight Research Center 8 $96,290.75
National Technical Information Service 8 $93,793.50
National Endowment for the Arts 7 $91,265.71
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $110,967.57
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $125,295.86
Office of Administration 7 $131,416.43
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $101,987.57
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 6 $93,356.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $113,392.33
Maritime Administration 6 $125,679.00
National Cemetery Administration 6 $90,681.33
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $115,900.50
Farm Credit Administration 6 $145,000.33
National Labor Relations Board 6 $110,331.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $163,729.60
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $113,933.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 5 $98,642.80
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $102,610.40
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $121,578.80
Selective Service System 5 $84,300.40
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $122,772.40
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 4 $126,560.50
Wage and Hour Division 4 $99,799.75
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $131,115.33
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $106,589.33
Health Resources and Services Administration 3 $115,425.67
Office of Administrative Services 3 $131,923.67
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $96,639.67
Administration for Children and Families 3 $118,455.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $111,492.33
Peace Corps 3 $97,475.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 3 $87,663.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $114,712.00
National Gallery of Art 3 $169,672.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $101,939.33
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $102,331.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 2 $109,032.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $116,794.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $72,192.50
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $86,234.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $109,041.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $82,138.50
African Development Foundation 2 $102,263.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $109,669.00
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $104,811.50
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $125,092.00
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission 1 $46,500.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $92,095.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $43,684.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 1 $100,904.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $110,578.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $96,917.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $65,850.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $160,300.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $96,704.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $134,296.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $127,495.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $101,335.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $87,821.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $185,100.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $116,722.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 1 $127,036.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $127,636.00
Federal Election Commission 1 $108,887.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $116,146.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $116,722.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $131,666.00
Office of the Director 1 $141,555.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $105,717.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $160,300.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $110,986.13. The highest paid Accountant made $273,563 in 2016.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,307
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 944
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 205
ZA - Administrative 197
CG - Corporate Graded 67
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 57
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 41
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 37
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 32
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 30
PG - Printing Office Grades 28
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 23
CU - Credit Union Employees 22
ES - Senior Executive Service 21
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 18
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 14
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 12
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 10
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 8
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 7
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 2
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
SN - Senior Level System 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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