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Administrative Officer - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Administrative Officer"

How much does an Administrative Officer in the federal government get paid? $83,791.32* *Based on the 2014 average.

Administrative Officer was the 58th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 6,977 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Administrative Officer, with an average salary of $71,762.

Government Administrative Officer jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Administrative Officer job is GS-4, 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

Administrative Officers play an important role in the government. They often have a wide range of responsibilities. They are primarily responsible for securing the needed organizational support - resources and services - to run and operate a department or agency. They have the administrative accountability and oversight for the programs and activities of the organization. They are also responsible for coordinating and implementing all the managerial activities across the organization. It is crucial for Administrative Officers to have a thorough knowledge of the organization, its vision and mission, and its overall operations.

Administrative Officers in the government often fall under one of two types. The first type functions as the head of a central administrative unit which provides support to other divisions or units. These units are headed by operating managers. The central administrative unit often has personnel specializing in areas such as budgeting, human resources, data management, etc. The Administrative Officer heading the central administrative unit usually has considerable authority to carry out his role.

The second type is the officer in charge of an operating division or unit of an organization which receives support from the organization’s servicing offices such as procurement, personnel, IT, finance and accounting. The operating unit usually has few or no personnel specialists. The Administrative Officer’s scope is relatively smaller for this type compared to the first one but they also exercise administrative authority over the unit under their responsibility.

Administrative Officers are problem solvers. They apply management principles, practices, methods and techniques in areas like people management, budgeting and funds management, activities scheduling and data management. They have a good understanding of the objectives of management and how the different roles in the organization function to meet these objectives. Administrative Officers pay attention to the tasks involved in a program and the positions needed to fulfill them. They make sure that employees have the necessary training and experience to enable them to carry out their duties. Administrative Officers are involved in addressing problems faced by employees and are concerned with the overall work environment.

Administrative Officers are also involved in policy-making and implementation. They develop new policies that will better the organization in fulfilling its objectives as well as interpret and implement existing ones. They assess programs and processes to identify areas for improvement. Administrative Officers are also involved in the formulation and implementation of budgets. They are responsible for monitoring the organization’s spending and its financial reporting. Their administrative tasks also deal with the management of the organization’s data, both in physical and digital forms.

This occupation falls under the Administrative and Management category but the title of Administrative Officer does not necessarily refer specifically to supervisors who directly manage organizations or teams. Rather, jobs in this category deal with managing systems or processes such as finances, security systems, training programs, or marketing.

Individuals in this occupation typically get promotions in 2 grade increments at a time until they reach GS-12. The average annual salary for Administrative Officers working in the Federal Government is $95,877.98 in 2020. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 9% growth in employment for jobs in this category. According to the BLS, the continuing focus on an organization’s environmental impact, energy efficiency and information governance will keep administrative and management services in demand.

Agencies that have hired an Administrative Officer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 1,651 $71,762.48
National Institutes of Health 629 $99,063.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 395 $63,557.75
Federal Aviation Administration 334 $70,351.88
Social Security Administration 264 $60,125.60
National Park Service 247 $77,977.78
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 218 $68,076.44
Department of State 215 $125,929.93
U.S. Agency for International Development 146 $99,543.01
U.S. Secret Service 139 $73,855.45
Internal Revenue Service 137 $87,332.92
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 112 $119,218.65
Food and Drug Administration 109 $90,619.72
U.S. Marshals Service 106 $93,458.12
Agricultural Research Service 81 $76,106.77
Geological Survey 79 $91,539.43
Peace Corps 72 $89,648.10
Transportation Security Administration 65 $97,141.15
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 64 $86,436.33
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 61 $84,635.87
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 57 $81,342.14
Federal Bureau of Investigation 57 $120,077.16
Environmental Protection Agency 57 $83,285.33
National Institute of Standards and Technology 56 $92,976.59
Drug Enforcement Administration 54 $98,399.83
Forest Service 49 $80,702.63
Veterans Benefits Administration 49 $94,448.10
Bureau of Land Management 45 $80,820.07
Small Business Administration 44 $77,908.09
Indian Affairs 44 $69,212.16
Natural Resources Conservation Service 41 $106,691.56
Farm Service Agency 37 $96,223.03
Rural Housing Service 36 $102,788.58
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 35 $109,956.26
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 35 $74,768.20
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34 $117,131.65
Broadcasting Board of Governors 33 $83,431.36
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 30 $78,561.03
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 30 $79,349.33
Indian Health Service 29 $74,509.14
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $77,535.61
Department of Energy 28 $104,558.04
National Cemetery Administration 27 $68,831.89
Health Resources and Services Administration 27 $108,484.58
Federal Highway Administration 25 $69,921.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 25 $100,972.16
National Archives and Records Administration 25 $71,813.92
Bureau of the Census 23 $94,378.87
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 22 $97,740.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 21 $92,819.52
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 20 $90,577.35
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 19 $89,475.21
Langley Research Center 19 $67,481.42
Goddard Space Flight Center 19 $75,185.05
Offices, Boards and Divisions 19 $85,287.79
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 18 $104,189.56
Office of Personnel Management 18 $102,649.78
Patent and Trademark Office 18 $103,714.44
Federal Emergency Management Agency 15 $105,534.27
Food and Nutrition Service 15 $108,209.40
Federal Transit Administration 14 $77,935.00
U.S. Trustee Program 14 $83,184.93
National Protection and Programs Directorate 13 $86,931.69
Federal Trade Commission 13 $83,261.46
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $84,548.08
Office of Justice Programs 13 $82,981.38
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 12 $80,145.92
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 12 $131,679.42
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 12 $114,977.67
Employment and Training Administration 11 $90,994.64
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 11 $81,776.91
Public Buildings Service 11 $72,509.55
Employee Benefits Security Administration 10 $79,140.10
Office of Comptroller of Currency 10 $144,127.30
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 $136,569.40
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 9 $112,776.22
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 9 $87,714.44
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 9 $83,241.89
Railroad Retirement Board 9 $83,717.67
Federal Railroad Administration 9 $92,194.78
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $84,402.63
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 8 $94,719.75
Office for Civil Rights 8 $88,110.38
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $75,379.75
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 8 $98,433.50
U.S. Coast Guard 8 $89,009.00
Administration for Children and Families 7 $109,362.57
Federal Labor Relations Authority 7 $75,071.29
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $114,554.57
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 6 $93,916.67
Headquarters, Nasa 6 $108,856.83
Bureau of Labor Statistics 6 $97,631.33
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $64,636.50
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 6 $67,409.67
Maritime Administration 5 $74,572.80
Departmental Offices 5 $108,276.80
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $112,930.60
National Science Foundation 5 $105,402.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $110,882.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 5 $71,659.80
Office of Labor-Management Standards 5 $79,964.40
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 5 $76,879.40
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 5 $0.00
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $76,353.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $67,194.25
Selective Service System 4 $66,662.25
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $96,274.50
Government Printing Office 4 $101,846.75
Science and Technology Directorate 4 $136,900.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 4 $67,038.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 4 $84,079.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $80,782.00
National Appeals Division 4 $72,093.25
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 3 $152,554.67
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 3 $103,827.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $102,913.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $102,690.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 3 $71,961.00
Federal Student Aid 3 $96,248.33
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $145,310.00
U.S. Mint 3 $94,005.33
Dean for VA Learning University 3 $116,887.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $88,470.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $129,940.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 3 $137,677.33
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 3 $92,218.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 3 $79,534.33
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 3 $126,029.67
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $93,959.67
Ames Research Center 3 $129,211.33
Federal Election Commission 2 $104,836.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $80,250.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $103,412.50
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2 $122,199.50
Wage and Hour Division 2 $71,076.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $84,816.50
Immigration Office of Secretary of Education 2 $149,993.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 2 $66,863.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $61,704.50
Economic Development Administration 2 $97,882.00
International Trade Administration 2 $93,764.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $67,642.00
National Gallery of Art 2 $120,389.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $59,222.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $99,166.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $94,524.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $106,321.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 2 $131,348.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $129,259.50
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $126,613.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 2 $100,827.50
Immigration Office Assistant Secretary Operations, Security, and Preparedness 2 $114,780.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary Security & Law Enforcement 2 $77,314.50
Customs and Border Protection 1 $92,204.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $157,100.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $159,299.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $141,660.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $134,828.00
Assistant Secretary for Congress & Intergovernmental Relations 1 $143,160.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $159,100.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $141,660.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $141,660.00
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 1 $157,100.00
Office of Strategic Planning & Management 1 $116,887.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $138,136.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $91,144.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $100,598.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $123,970.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $90,906.00
Office of Administrative Services 1 $67,787.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $71,504.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $139,471.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $134,328.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $87,760.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $82,371.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $134,017.00
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 1 $93,264.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $107,909.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $157,100.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $62,607.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $162,100.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $57,360.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $85,703.00
Office Federal Coordinator Alaska Gas Transport Project 1 $111,600.00
Community Relations Service 1 $120,429.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $149,327.00
Office of Disability Employment Policy 1 $120,429.00
Office of Public Affairs 1 $137,494.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $98,916.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 1 $158,100.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $137,494.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $157,100.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $160,100.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $113,346.00
Office of the Director 1 $98,916.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $95,919.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $94,418.00
National Council on Disability 1 $137,494.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $181,500.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $149,993.00
National Security Council 1 $113,346.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $120,429.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $80,662.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 1 $159,160.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $92,922.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $129,512.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 1 $107,421.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs 1 $120,429.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $95,919.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $141,660.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $88,224.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $77,813.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $167,940.00
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation 1 $101,914.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $124,995.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $88,224.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $106,263.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $119,084.00

Administrative Officer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Administrative Officer is $83,791.32. The highest paid Administrative Officer made $210,050 in 2014.

Common Administrative Officer Payscales

Payscale Number of Administrative Officer Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,208
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 334
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 115
ZA - Administrative 88
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 65
ES - Senior Executive Service 46
FO - Foreign Service Officers 41
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 16
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 12
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 10
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 8
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 5
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
FE - Senior Foreign Service 4
CG - Corporate Graded 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 1

Starting Paygrade: $28,921.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Administrative Officer jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
General InvestigationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Agricultural Commodity GradingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Communications ClericalClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Loan SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Equipment OperatorClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Administrative Officer Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for an Administrative Officer was $70,426. Since then, the average pay has increased to $95,757 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0341.

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