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Administrative Officer - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Administrative Officer"

How much does an Administrative Officer in the federal government get paid? $83,112.64* *Based on the 2015 average.

Administrative Officer was the 46th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 6,827 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Administrative Officer, with an average salary of $71,684.

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 1,741 $71,684.08
National Institutes of Health 646 $100,401.79
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 367 $64,615.68
Federal Aviation Administration 335 $71,278.10
Social Security Administration 267 $59,684.30
National Park Service 233 $79,006.73
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 228 $68,674.80
U.S. Agency for International Development 144 $104,296.67
U.S. Secret Service 140 $75,834.35
Food and Drug Administration 130 $92,307.92
Internal Revenue Service 126 $88,164.56
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 109 $121,746.06
U.S. Marshals Service 104 $94,825.93
Agricultural Research Service 82 $78,287.80
Geological Survey 80 $93,714.41
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 78 $77,814.08
Peace Corps 76 $95,468.82
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 67 $85,890.58
Environmental Protection Agency 59 $82,746.44
National Institute of Standards and Technology 59 $93,236.78
Federal Bureau of Investigation 58 $119,033.03
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 56 $81,474.68
Transportation Security Administration 53 $97,196.23
Drug Enforcement Administration 49 $101,776.10
Veterans Benefits Administration 48 $97,886.60
Indian Affairs 47 $70,458.64
Small Business Administration 46 $76,518.20
Forest Service 41 $78,637.88
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 41 $110,214.51
Farm Service Agency 40 $98,971.80
Bureau of Land Management 40 $80,903.95
Broadcasting Board of Governors 37 $85,884.86
Rural Housing Service 36 $103,640.36
Health Resources and Services Administration 36 $104,695.77
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 33 $120,205.76
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 31 $75,403.65
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 31 $81,667.19
Indian Health Service 29 $77,440.45
National Cemetery Administration 29 $70,100.17
Department of Energy 28 $103,041.25
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 28 $100,590.54
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $78,000.54
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 27 $79,386.44
National Archives and Records Administration 24 $72,864.96
Federal Highway Administration 24 $72,828.71
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 24 $90,557.50
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 21 $100,664.62
Natural Resources Conservation Service 20 $113,741.10
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 20 $89,972.35
Langley Research Center 19 $69,426.89
Offices, Boards and Divisions 19 $91,010.79
Patent and Trademark Office 18 $106,855.83
Goddard Space Flight Center 18 $76,433.61
Office of Personnel Management 16 $103,698.88
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 16 $103,248.19
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 15 $93,969.07
Food and Nutrition Service 15 $111,816.67
Bureau of the Census 15 $99,229.67
Federal Transit Administration 14 $80,395.64
U.S. Trustee Program 14 $85,939.93
Office of Justice Programs 13 $82,784.31
Federal Trade Commission 13 $86,695.08
Federal Emergency Management Agency 13 $99,337.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 13 $79,186.08
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $87,529.54
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 12 $140,072.83
Employment and Training Administration 12 $89,624.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 12 $89,974.75
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 11 $82,783.45
Employee Benefits Security Administration 11 $76,481.64
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 11 $0.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 11 $80,050.73
Public Buildings Service 11 $74,388.18
Railroad Retirement Board 10 $84,405.30
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $125,024.30
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $114,955.80
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 9 $91,980.11
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 9 $90,481.11
Office of Comptroller of Currency 9 $146,752.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 9 $139,150.44
Federal Railroad Administration 8 $89,899.25
Federal Labor Relations Authority 8 $69,969.63
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $77,174.63
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 7 $102,924.43
U.S. Coast Guard 7 $87,587.86
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $114,718.43
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 7 $80,572.43
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $65,936.00
Headquarters, Nasa 6 $112,057.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $122,130.17
Administration for Children and Families 6 $108,518.83
Maritime Administration 5 $79,528.80
Departmental Offices 5 $112,735.20
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $116,934.60
National Science Foundation 5 $110,774.60
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $64,105.60
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 5 $71,012.80
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 5 $78,146.60
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $89,884.40
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $112,496.40
Office of Labor-Management Standards 5 $80,689.00
Office for Civil Rights 5 $97,061.20
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 5 $91,694.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $97,863.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 4 $125,915.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 4 $68,494.25
National Appeals Division 4 $73,961.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $98,373.25
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $92,607.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 4 $93,876.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary Security & Law Enforcement 4 $64,808.50
Government Printing Office 4 $103,702.25
Science and Technology Directorate 4 $140,193.75
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $74,716.25
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 4 $67,252.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $102,178.33
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $101,923.33
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $105,996.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $94,061.33
Federal Student Aid 3 $101,507.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $76,765.33
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3 $152,575.67
U.S. Mint 3 $96,600.67
Dean for VA Learning University 3 $121,635.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $131,983.67
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 3 $94,149.33
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $94,938.00
Selective Service System 3 $68,818.67
Federal Election Commission 2 $107,677.00
Ames Research Center 2 $119,327.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $81,304.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $121,502.50
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2 $124,761.50
Veterans Employment and Training Service 2 $93,399.50
Immigration Office of Secretary of Education 2 $154,100.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 2 $102,168.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $95,476.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $108,013.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $130,585.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 2 $162,637.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $127,207.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 2 $103,403.50
Immigration Office Assistant Secretary Operations, Security, and Preparedness 2 $118,200.50
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 2 $140,177.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 2 $70,313.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 2 $154,267.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $64,077.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $139,295.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $145,279.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $72,219.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $84,017.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $78,592.00
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation 1 $104,932.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $134,662.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $91,657.00
International Trade Administration 1 $99,296.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $110,902.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $86,564.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $84,017.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $125,413.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $83,471.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $99,905.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $118,057.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs 1 $121,635.00
World War 1 Centennial Commission 1 $54,423.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $105,960.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $125,213.00
Valles Caldera Trust 1 $93,814.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $72,219.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $143,079.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $87,219.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $135,360.00
Program Support Center 1 $88,396.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $158,700.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $66,023.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $147,695.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $158,700.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $102,932.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $94,418.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $86,564.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $155,705.00
National Security Council 1 $118,057.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $66,370.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $57,934.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 1 $57,934.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $93,133.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $110,935.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $89,252.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $82,194.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $159,700.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $143,079.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $140,371.00
Assistant Secretary for Congress & Intergovernmental Relations 1 $148,588.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $127,140.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $158,700.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $126,245.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $147,288.00
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 1 $158,700.00
Office of Strategic Planning & Management 1 $118,818.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $139,523.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $92,257.00
Community Relations Service 1 $125,213.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $149,288.00
Office of Disability Employment Policy 1 $121,635.00
Office of Public Affairs 1 $138,871.00
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 1 $158,700.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 1 $73,733.00
Wage and Hour Division 1 $78,574.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 1 $158,700.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $142,371.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $155,705.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $130,453.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $118,057.00
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 1 $63,722.00
Office of the Director 1 $102,932.00

Administrative Officer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Administrative Officer is $83,112.64. The highest paid Administrative Officer made $211,198 in 2015.

Common Administrative Officer Payscales

Payscale Number of Administrative Officer Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,069
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 335
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 110
ZA - Administrative 96
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 53
FO - Foreign Service Officers 47
ES - Senior Executive Service 43
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 13
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 12
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 11
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 9
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 5
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 5
FE - Senior Foreign Service 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 4
CG - Corporate Graded 3
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 2
NX - Executive-level And Managerial Positions 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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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