Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $113,284.65* *Based on the 2017 average.
7,968 EMPLOYEES
$867.19M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 39th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 7,968 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $204,403.

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 910 $204,403.24
Veterans Health Administration 511 $72,133.22
Federal Bureau of Investigation 494 $36,650.66
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 494 $88,585.75
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 310 $95,311.72
Department of Energy 283 $108,191.55
Federal Aviation Administration 203 $94,404.86
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 195 $104,993.36
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 184 $108,290.96
Rural Housing Service 142 $89,972.85
Environmental Protection Agency 133 $110,406.08
Department of State 121 $102,990.83
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 121 $94,315.17
Program Support Center 113 $106,049.49
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 112 $78,337.21
Veterans Benefits Administration 110 $82,050.06
Farm Service Agency 102 $97,928.35
Internal Revenue Service 99 $108,990.56
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 97 $99,422.61
Bureau of Reclamation 94 $88,103.43
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 84 $100,205.61
Office of Justice Programs 82 $119,215.05
Drug Enforcement Administration 76 $110,928.04
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 76 $105,971.24
Bureau of the Census 74 $95,268.41
Offices, Boards and Divisions 73 $116,997.58
Federal Emergency Management Agency 71 $110,817.27
Headquarters, Nasa 70 $124,039.17
National Institutes of Health 66 $115,701.67
Forest Service 64 $94,110.97
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 64 $112,489.78
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 63 $111,041.33
Social Security Administration 62 $99,139.82
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 61 $149,392.00
Federal Student Aid 56 $121,498.55
Bureau of Economic Analysis 56 $99,841.09
National Institute of Standards and Technology 55 $114,419.49
Agency for International Development 51 $113,165.35
Indian Health Service 50 $85,319.60
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 48 $121,016.94
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 47 $120,127.11
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 46 $123,551.22
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 45 $94,549.60
Goddard Space Flight Center 43 $113,731.42
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 41 $109,783.80
Food and Drug Administration 38 $108,403.55
Employment and Training Administration 37 $101,390.86
Transportation Security Administration 36 $117,814.69
Food and Nutrition Service 35 $110,571.43
Small Business Administration 35 $108,536.80
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 34 $102,744.32
Office of Personnel Management 32 $125,352.34
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 32 $114,312.69
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 32 $135,009.44
Risk Management Agency 31 $98,164.68
Patent and Trademark Office 30 $116,747.40
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 29 $102,279.97
Rural Utilities Service 29 $105,659.48
Office of Comptroller of Currency 29 $183,911.17
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 28 $127,799.04
National Park Service 28 $122,625.25
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 28 $117,846.71
Departmental Offices 27 $131,457.70
Government Printing Office 26 $112,732.35
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 26 $90,870.23
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 25 $124,294.12
International Trade Administration 25 $114,943.28
Federal Housing Finance Agency 24 $183,448.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 24 $123,924.25
Natural Resources Conservation Service 24 $114,543.71
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $99,648.57
U.S. Mint 23 $75,829.74
John F. Kennedy Space Center 23 $101,083.13
National Credit Union Administration 22 $131,529.86
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $114,657.14
Bureau of Land Management 21 $97,856.19
Federal Communications Commission 21 $127,822.90
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 20 $108,878.10
National Science Foundation 19 $131,642.47
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 19 $93,466.63
Indian Affairs 18 $104,117.06
Geological Survey 17 $121,616.59
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 17 $133,296.94
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 16 $98,866.81
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 16 $101,551.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 16 $100,955.88
Government National Mortgage Association 15 $123,530.47
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 15 $109,094.40
National Protection and Programs Directorate 15 $114,290.13
Food Safety and Inspection Service 14 $115,376.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 14 $108,535.36
National Archives and Records Administration 14 $117,369.50
Federal Highway Administration 13 $117,761.23
Export-Import Bank of the United States 13 $105,150.92
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $122,058.08
Ames Research Center 13 $106,593.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 13 $91,953.85
Federal Trade Commission 12 $141,456.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 12 $110,087.58
Office of Secretary of Transportation 12 $131,798.08
Federal Transit Administration 12 $116,425.25
U.S. Secret Service 12 $124,062.58
Corporation for National and Community Service 11 $110,976.45
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 11 $140,999.45
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $98,933.55
National Cemetery Administration 11 $102,026.09
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 11 $105,660.82
Langley Research Center 10 $99,714.40
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $106,592.60
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 10 $125,581.30
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $97,546.67
Bureau of Labor Statistics 9 $114,428.22
Agricultural Research Service 9 $113,616.89
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 8 $138,561.38
Presidio Trust 8 $96,779.50
Ous for Science and Technology 8 $129,039.13
Farm Credit Administration 7 $149,355.29
National Technical Information Service 7 $99,524.43
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $112,438.86
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 7 $108,934.00
Office of Administration 7 $135,095.29
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 6 $100,949.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $107,055.33
National Labor Relations Board 6 $110,891.67
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $180,864.00
Peace Corps 5 $94,586.60
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $126,338.60
Maritime Administration 5 $130,641.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 5 $132,039.20
U.S. Coast Guard 5 $87,358.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $127,083.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $109,977.60
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 5 $128,152.80
Selective Service System 4 $97,336.75
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 4 $109,086.50
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $122,504.75
Wage and Hour Division 4 $109,891.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 4 $115,298.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 4 $110,765.25
National Endowment for the Arts 4 $105,319.75
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 4 $126,101.00
National Gallery of Art 4 $160,264.75
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 3 $114,996.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $103,270.33
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $113,755.00
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $104,542.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $104,942.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 3 $122,430.33
Millennium Challenge Corporation 3 $142,085.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 3 $117,208.67
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $109,048.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $115,751.67
Administration for Children and Families 3 $122,751.00
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $131,936.33
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $113,775.00
Office of Administrative Services 2 $124,090.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $84,506.50
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $85,403.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $112,175.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $96,626.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $79,759.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $112,399.00
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $115,428.50
African Development Foundation 1 $134,426.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $73,160.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $135,191.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $100,118.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $161,900.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $130,692.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $54,972.00
U.S. Trustee Program 1 $134,426.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $105,839.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $123,223.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $161,900.00
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission 1 $59,723.00
Office of the Director 1 $97,956.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $120,074.00
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 1 $84,197.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $101,116.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $141,894.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $101,116.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $123,234.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $131,192.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $123,223.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $93,444.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $109,417.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $113,284.65. The highest paid Accountant made $282,080 in 2017.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,244
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 899
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 203
ZA - Administrative 194
CG - Corporate Graded 59
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 46
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 40
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 36
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 35
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 29
PG - Printing Office Grades 26
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 23
CU - Credit Union Employees 22
ES - Senior Executive Service 20
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 14
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 11
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 10
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 10
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 9
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 3
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 3
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Fdic 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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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