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Administrative Officer - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Administrative Officer"

How much does an Administrative Officer in the federal government get paid? $85,836.64* *Based on the 2016 average.

Administrative Officer was the 43rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 7,083 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Administrative Officer, with an average salary of $72,083.

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 1,748 $72,082.60
National Institutes of Health 657 $102,680.10
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 341 $65,341.79
Federal Aviation Administration 329 $72,304.91
Social Security Administration 270 $60,985.13
Department of State 241 $126,854.39
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 238 $68,427.53
National Park Service 231 $79,699.08
U.S. Agency for International Development 156 $105,803.15
Food and Drug Administration 154 $93,777.75
U.S. Secret Service 138 $77,054.39
Internal Revenue Service 122 $89,383.78
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 116 $122,208.09
U.S. Marshals Service 101 $96,632.43
Agricultural Research Service 83 $79,289.40
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 77 $81,504.71
Geological Survey 76 $96,991.97
Peace Corps 71 $99,321.70
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 69 $85,910.78
Environmental Protection Agency 63 $82,048.22
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 61 $82,996.56
National Institute of Standards and Technology 58 $97,598.29
Health Resources and Services Administration 55 $102,636.39
Federal Bureau of Investigation 53 $121,498.57
Indian Affairs 50 $74,302.30
Drug Enforcement Administration 49 $102,591.53
Transportation Security Administration 47 $100,810.45
Small Business Administration 47 $77,118.87
Veterans Benefits Administration 46 $100,827.22
Bureau of Land Management 41 $78,201.61
Farm Service Agency 39 $101,246.49
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 37 $112,365.16
Forest Service 35 $79,841.91
Rural Housing Service 34 $109,167.65
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34 $122,738.74
Indian Health Service 33 $83,247.67
Broadcasting Board of Governors 33 $90,983.94
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 31 $77,018.35
Department of Energy 31 $107,213.32
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 29 $85,882.69
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 28 $105,775.43
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $77,879.04
National Cemetery Administration 27 $73,136.44
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 26 $81,025.85
National Archives and Records Administration 24 $71,529.00
Federal Highway Administration 24 $76,106.92
Public Buildings Service 22 $73,672.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 22 $94,122.50
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 21 $102,620.29
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 20 $91,130.85
Patent and Trademark Office 20 $109,437.10
Bureau of the Census 20 $98,598.30
Offices, Boards and Divisions 19 $96,710.95
Food and Nutrition Service 18 $108,785.44
Goddard Space Flight Center 18 $77,600.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 18 $96,272.72
Office of Personnel Management 17 $102,263.47
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 16 $450.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 15 $89,727.73
Federal Trade Commission 14 $91,233.64
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 14 $109,695.86
Office of Justice Programs 14 $84,603.21
U.S. Trustee Program 14 $86,774.14
Federal Transit Administration 12 $79,810.08
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 12 $88,770.17
Deputy Assistant Secretary Security & Law Enforcement 12 $42,183.92
Employment and Training Administration 12 $89,016.67
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 12 $83,699.83
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $83,955.18
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 11 $149,399.09
Employee Benefits Security Administration 11 $76,658.82
Office of Comptroller of Currency 11 $150,929.45
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 11 $88,535.45
National Protection and Programs Directorate 11 $95,026.18
Federal Emergency Management Agency 11 $107,876.73
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 10 $78,410.90
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 $124,371.50
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $118,668.20
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 9 $95,106.56
Federal Labor Relations Authority 9 $71,270.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 9 $139,926.44
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 8 $94,031.25
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $80,833.88
Office of Secretary of Transportation 8 $119,856.25
Federal Railroad Administration 8 $88,300.13
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $115,961.43
Office for Civil Rights 7 $81,938.57
Headquarters, Nasa 7 $106,496.71
Departmental Offices 6 $115,584.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $68,604.67
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 6 $68,641.83
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 6 $81,262.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 5 $86,474.20
Maritime Administration 5 $80,856.60
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $69,358.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 5 $88,743.40
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 5 $75,411.40
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $96,593.80
National Appeals Division 4 $74,783.75
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $99,839.00
National Science Foundation 4 $112,806.50
Ames Research Center 4 $126,215.00
Selective Service System 4 $63,668.25
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $99,382.25
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 4 $119,719.75
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 4 $126,283.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 4 $92,378.25
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 4 $99,811.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $78,218.50
Office of Labor-Management Standards 4 $80,827.25
Federal Student Aid 4 $95,664.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $105,198.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $107,301.67
Mine Safety and Health Administration 3 $132,481.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $100,919.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $79,824.33
Administration for Children and Families 3 $97,392.33
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 3 $142,904.33
National Labor Relations Board 3 $136,302.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $131,997.67
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $139,836.33
Government Printing Office 3 $107,648.00
Surface Transportation Board 3 $96,431.00
U.S. Mint 3 $100,199.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $121,670.00
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $101,207.67
Dean for VA Learning University 3 $124,616.00
Immigration Office Assistant Secretary Operations, Security, and Preparedness 3 $111,826.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $87,821.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $109,446.50
Veterans Customer Exper (Vce) 2 $101,813.50
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $65,899.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $143,688.50
International Trade Administration 2 $106,171.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $98,789.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2 $126,222.50
Immigration Office of Secretary of Education 2 $161,635.50
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $181,311.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $81,322.50
Federal Election Commission 2 $110,535.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $84,602.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $73,822.00
National Gallery of Art 2 $123,679.50
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $64,305.50
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $104,433.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $94,418.00
National Council on Disability 1 $123,406.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $160,300.00
National Security Council 1 $119,776.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $110,578.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $82,656.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $75,425.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $145,812.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $140,854.00
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 1 $101,361.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $95,217.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $160,550.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $68,151.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $153,964.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $160,300.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $94,302.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $153,702.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $80,073.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $85,238.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $79,734.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $91,154.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $163,200.00
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation 1 $104,433.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $140,892.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $95,570.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $67,264.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $116,146.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $104,433.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $120,794.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $130,666.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $95,217.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $130,036.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $101,361.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $135,796.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs 1 $98,289.00
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight 1 $56,439.00
World War 1 Centennial Commission 1 $77,490.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $111,858.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $161,800.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 1 $150,932.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $150,932.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $142,392.00
Assistant Secretary for Congress & Intergovernmental Relations 1 $150,932.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $133,852.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $160,300.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $133,852.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $150,932.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $141,555.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $95,670.00
Community Relations Service 1 $130,666.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $156,202.00
Office of Disability Employment Policy 1 $127,036.00
Office of Public Affairs 1 $145,162.00
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 1 $160,800.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $116,146.00
Wage and Hour Division 1 $79,711.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 1 $160,300.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $147,362.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $162,118.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $138,397.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $119,776.00
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 1 $77,490.00
Office of the Director 1 $104,433.00

Administrative Officer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Administrative Officer is $85,836.64. The highest paid Administrative Officer made $218,654 in 2016.

Common Administrative Officer Payscales

Payscale Number of Administrative Officer Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,324
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 329
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 113
ZA - Administrative 91
ES - Senior Executive Service 54
FO - Foreign Service Officers 49
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 47
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 16
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 14
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 11
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 10
FE - Senior Foreign Service 4
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
CG - Corporate Graded 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 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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