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Accountant - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Accountant"

How much does an Accountant in the federal government get paid? $120,387.53* *Based on the 2019 average.
7,914 EMPLOYEES
$865.1M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Accountant was the 350th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 7,914 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission hired the most employees titled Accounting, with an average salary of $213,954.

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 872 $213,953.80
Federal Bureau of Investigation 555 $107,919.78
Veterans Health Administration 526 $75,408.23
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 450 $90,838.37
Department of Energy 280 $108,034.94
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 273 $99,526.89
Federal Aviation Administration 198 $101,771.55
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 193 $110,176.77
U.S. Coast Guard 182 $94,865.91
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 176 $112,513.40
Rural Housing Service 166 $96,229.87
Fpac Business Center 140 $104,699.97
Environmental Protection Agency 129 $112,653.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 124 $95,939.70
Veterans Benefits Administration 112 $86,437.56
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 104 $80,047.75
Program Support Center 104 $114,322.47
Customs and Border Protection 101 $133,744.62
Internal Revenue Service 97 $116,861.89
Department of State 95 $107,968.85
Bureau of Reclamation 88 $91,667.52
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 87 $118,260.93
Drug Enforcement Administration 80 $123,857.11
Office of Justice Programs 76 $126,474.29
Federal Emergency Management Agency 73 $116,012.51
Bureau of the Census 72 $100,167.67
Headquarters, Nasa 71 $129,072.54
Offices, Boards and Divisions 67 $124,670.18
National Institutes of Health 63 $124,008.81
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 61 $113,927.38
Forest Service 60 $99,771.28
Social Security Administration 59 $107,964.58
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 58 $114,614.59
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 56 $121,168.09
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 56 $127,004.54
Indian Health Service 55 $86,098.02
Bureau of Economic Analysis 55 $107,857.33
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 54 $152,537.61
National Institute of Standards and Technology 52 $123,652.62
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 49 $118,999.43
Federal Student Aid 47 $132,473.09
U.S. Agency for International Development 45 $117,676.18
Goddard Space Flight Center 44 $118,053.32
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 43 $114,400.86
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 42 $104,567.60
Food and Drug Administration 40 $118,119.38
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 39 $129,906.23
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 39 $131,933.15
Small Business Administration 39 $109,179.38
Employment and Training Administration 36 $110,988.81
Food and Nutrition Service 32 $117,284.31
Transportation Security Administration 32 $128,408.75
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 31 $121,124.87
Office of Personnel Management 31 $125,625.58
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 30 $107,780.13
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 30 $142,760.60
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $100,939.69
Departmental Offices 26 $141,113.38
Office of Comptroller of Currency 26 $192,928.42
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 25 $123,412.44
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 25 $104,668.92
Patent and Trademark Office 25 $121,673.04
National Credit Union Administration 24 $0.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 24 $90,204.04
U.S. Mint 24 $135,468.23
National Park Service 24 $129,592.96
Government Printing Office 23 $125,319.78
Federal Housing Finance Agency 23 $189,617.61
Citizenship and Immigration Services 23 $131,092.30
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 22 $101,983.50
International Trade Administration 22 $121,837.95
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $120,921.14
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 21 $140,640.38
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 21 $110,069.38
Risk Management Agency 21 $102,260.14
Bureau of Land Management 20 $105,247.85
Federal Communications Commission 19 $136,595.74
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 19 $100,444.58
National Science Foundation 16 $138,422.56
Government National Mortgage Association 16 $126,690.69
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 16 $138,272.13
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 15 $120,875.20
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 15 $104,446.07
National Protection and Programs Directorate 15 $125,350.07
Geological Survey 15 $129,506.60
Indian Affairs 14 $106,944.86
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 14 $113,685.64
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 14 $112,474.50
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 14 $123,142.36
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 14 $107,959.71
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 13 $139,978.50
National Cemetery Administration 13 $111,933.23
Corporation for National and Community Service 13 $106,437.38
Federal Trade Commission 13 $146,319.31
U.S. Secret Service 13 $126,864.08
John C. Stennis Space Center 13 $98,700.08
Ames Research Center 13 $104,627.85
National Archives and Records Administration 13 $128,370.54
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 12 $105,355.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 12 $111,336.92
Federal Highway Administration 12 $128,676.25
Federal Transit Administration 12 $124,463.33
Langley Research Center 12 $93,974.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 11 $128,332.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 11 $133,274.55
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 11 $134,248.18
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 10 $109,564.10
Railroad Retirement Board 9 $95,399.89
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 9 $106,656.22
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 9 $115,005.89
Presidio Trust 8 $104,781.25
Dryden Flight Research Center 8 $105,911.13
Science and Technology Directorate 8 $136,917.13
Farm Credit Administration 8 $0.00
Office of Administration 7 $142,668.29
National Labor Relations Board 7 $122,553.71
Agricultural Research Service 7 $120,462.57
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 6 $106,866.33
Bureau of Labor Statistics 6 $116,938.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $111,950.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $192,115.40
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $135,328.00
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $142,811.20
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $116,860.00
Federal Railroad Administration 5 $119,030.00
National Technical Information Service 5 $104,082.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $131,587.60
Maritime Administration 5 $138,839.60
Peace Corps 5 $95,884.60
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $117,069.60
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 4 $94,814.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 4 $121,525.00
National Gallery of Art 4 $161,901.25
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 4 $134,731.25
Wage and Hour Division 4 $120,241.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $118,929.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $116,170.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 4 $145,060.25
Office of the Director 3 $128,911.33
American Battle Monuments Commission 3 $114,751.33
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $119,004.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $118,405.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 3 $114,305.67
Federal Election Commission 3 $113,166.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $112,303.33
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 2 $114,046.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 2 $89,242.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $93,203.00
Pretrial Services Agency 2 $123,957.50
Selective Service System 2 $118,398.50
National Endowment for the Arts 2 $129,352.50
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $91,739.50
Foreign Agricultural Service 2 $112,015.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $122,046.00
Office of Administrative Services 2 $131,471.00
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 2 $119,144.50
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $118,999.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 2 $123,135.50
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2 $0.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $106,443.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $109,400.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $166,500.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $100,081.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $166,500.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $117,380.00
U.S. Tax Court 1 $109,088.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 1 $181,066.00
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission 1 $64,216.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $132,818.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $140,632.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $122,310.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $128,920.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $128,689.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $69,581.00
Federal Maritime Commission 1 $109,088.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Education) 1 $166,500.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $166,500.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $148,445.00
Department of Veterans Affairs 1 $79,569.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $132,818.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $57,510.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 1 $127,814.00

Accountant Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Accountant is $120,387.53. The highest paid Accountant made $278,188 in 2019.

Common Accountant Payscales

Payscale Number of Accounting Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,275
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 863
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 198
ZA - Administrative 184
CG - Corporate Graded 52
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 39
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 37
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 35
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 32
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 26
CU - Credit Union Employees 24
PG - Printing Office Grades 23
EL - Non-executive Positions At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 22
ES - Senior Executive Service 14
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 14
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 13
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 12
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 10
SO - Executive Positions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under The Es Pay Pla 9
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 8
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 5
MC - Employees Of The Millennium Challenge Corporation Appointed Under Public Law 108-199 Only. 4
CX - Senior Expert Positions In The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2
LL - Executives At The Federal Housing Finance Agency 2
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
VC - Canteen Service 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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
Biological Science TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Archives TechnicianAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Wage and Hour InvestigationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Education and Vocational TrainingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Equipment OperatorClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Accounting Pay Trend from 2004 to 2019

In 2004, the average pay for an Accountant was $83,282. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,388 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0510.

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