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Administrative Officer - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Administrative Officer"

How much does an Administrative Officer in the federal government get paid? $85,758.22* *Based on the 2017 average.

Administrative Officer was the 43rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 6,961 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Administrative Officer, with an average salary of $72,798.

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 1,790 $72,797.53
National Institutes of Health 641 $106,840.99
Federal Aviation Administration 321 $74,354.09
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 276 $67,464.64
Social Security Administration 255 $63,142.99
National Park Service 238 $81,185.79
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 225 $70,724.92
Department of State 203 $128,405.64
Food and Drug Administration 160 $95,429.91
U.S. Agency for International Development 151 $108,499.42
U.S. Secret Service 147 $34,894.35
Internal Revenue Service 115 $91,279.86
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 107 $10,577.54
U.S. Marshals Service 103 $99,196.41
Agricultural Research Service 82 $81,414.79
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 70 $83,911.59
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 68 $89,917.85
National Institute of Standards and Technology 67 $102,097.93
Geological Survey 67 $100,338.12
Peace Corps 63 $109,160.22
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 60 $87,163.35
Federal Bureau of Investigation 58 $12,939.88
Health Resources and Services Administration 58 $108,273.19
Environmental Protection Agency 57 $84,824.84
Small Business Administration 53 $80,589.43
Veterans Benefits Administration 51 $101,257.41
Drug Enforcement Administration 48 $21,255.18
Bureau of Land Management 48 $84,016.23
Indian Affairs 45 $75,945.13
Transportation Security Administration 43 $100,700.67
Farm Service Agency 40 $104,821.38
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 40 $120,349.58
Indian Health Service 35 $81,524.85
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 35 $125,993.83
Forest Service 34 $85,422.88
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 34 $88,224.50
Rural Housing Service 33 $112,644.70
National Cemetery Administration 30 $71,577.40
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 28 $83,911.54
Department of Energy 28 $113,600.82
Bureau of Reclamation 28 $84,418.57
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 27 $107,676.22
Broadcasting Board of Governors 27 $93,786.70
National Archives and Records Administration 26 $74,153.96
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 26 $80,482.88
Public Buildings Service 24 $74,674.21
Federal Highway Administration 23 $78,185.91
Patent and Trademark Office 23 $107,058.35
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 21 $100,211.29
Goddard Space Flight Center 20 $79,534.30
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 20 $100,034.15
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 20 $107,037.25
Food and Nutrition Service 19 $104,862.79
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 17 $500.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 17 $101,322.71
Office of Personnel Management 16 $106,483.31
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 16 $94,197.06
Bureau of the Census 16 $103,473.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 15 $105,324.43
Office of Justice Programs 14 $88,881.36
Employment and Training Administration 14 $89,682.21
Federal Trade Commission 14 $94,689.14
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 14 $85,163.57
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $94,213.31
Federal Transit Administration 13 $81,364.15
U.S. Trustee Program 12 $89,570.58
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 12 $83,085.83
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 12 $95,163.08
Deputy Assistant Secretary Security & Law Enforcement 12 $47,435.18
Office of Comptroller of Currency 11 $156,147.36
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 11 $129,874.64
Federal Emergency Management Agency 11 $112,863.45
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 10 $96,199.10
National Protection and Programs Directorate 10 $97,698.30
Railroad Retirement Board 10 $88,034.90
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 10 $157,321.60
Employee Benefits Security Administration 10 $80,401.20
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $124,444.60
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $145,811.13
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $84,425.63
Federal Railroad Administration 8 $92,560.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 8 $91,498.00
Office for Civil Rights 8 $85,658.38
Departmental Offices 8 $122,675.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $121,001.86
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 7 $104,076.86
Federal Labor Relations Authority 7 $74,800.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 6 $123,122.83
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $72,111.50
Agricultural Marketing Service 6 $67,891.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 5 $79,113.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 5 $73,591.20
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 5 $87,955.20
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 5 $99,945.80
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 5 $111,637.80
Administration for Children and Families 5 $98,427.60
Veterans Customer Exper (Vce) 5 $106,592.40
National Gallery of Art 5 $129,654.20
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $123,118.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $105,988.80
Federal Student Aid 5 $108,530.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $100,442.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 4 $77,735.50
Maritime Administration 4 $82,011.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 4 $127,016.25
Food Safety and Inspection Service 4 $103,223.75
National Appeals Division 4 $76,833.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $100,981.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 4 $88,920.75
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 4 $140,261.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 4 $104,269.50
National Science Foundation 4 $119,209.50
Headquarters, Nasa 4 $112,241.50
Ames Research Center 4 $132,328.75
Selective Service System 4 $70,790.75
National Labor Relations Board 3 $145,125.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 3 $76,816.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $112,700.33
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 3 $132,480.67
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 3 $97,175.67
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $82,267.33
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $146,336.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 3 $82,593.67
Government Printing Office 3 $111,019.67
Customs and Border Protection 3 $86,216.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $140,444.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $137,827.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $110,877.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $186,563.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 2 $66,885.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 2 $100,597.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 2 $154,354.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $68,718.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 2 $148,797.50
International Trade Administration 2 $108,522.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $87,572.00
Federal Election Commission 2 $116,913.00
Surface Transportation Board 2 $98,323.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $120,074.00
U.S. Mint 2 $55,592.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 2 $116,370.00
Director for Resource Management 2 $124,952.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 1 $107,435.00
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 1 $123,234.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $134,426.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $105,275.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 1 $170,400.00
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $65,586.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $135,927.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $130,692.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $101,116.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs 1 $107,435.00
World War 1 Centennial Commission 1 $79,720.00
Administrative Conference of the United States 1 $169,900.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $85,035.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $90,350.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $90,350.00
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation 1 $107,435.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $149,337.00
Commission of Fine Arts 1 $87,147.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $79,720.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $123,223.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $104,275.00
Office of Public Affairs 1 $153,730.00
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 1 $161,900.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $123,223.00
Wage and Hour Division 1 $84,351.00
Immigration Office of Secretary of Education 1 $161,900.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 1 $161,900.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $161,900.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $149,337.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 1 $158,123.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $163,400.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $144,945.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $126,958.00
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 1 $85,035.00
Office of the Director 1 $110,595.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $87,693.00
Office of Administrative Services 1 $101,116.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $77,593.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $144,945.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $143,144.00
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 1 $107,435.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $104,275.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $101,116.00
Office of Inspector General (Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled) 1 $97,956.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $163,650.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $69,476.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $157,455.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $118,028.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $161,900.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $163,400.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 1 $137,660.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $159,623.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $149,337.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $141,552.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $150,837.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $141,052.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $158,123.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $145,629.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $98,323.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $119,489.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $95,834.00
National Council on Disability 1 $123,223.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $92,163.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $153,730.00
National Security Council 1 $126,958.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $82,027.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $90,350.00

Administrative Officer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Administrative Officer is $85,758.22. The highest paid Administrative Officer made $224,400 in 2017.

Common Administrative Officer Payscales

Payscale Number of Administrative Officer Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,208
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 321
ZA - Administrative 106
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 100
ES - Senior Executive Service 54
FO - Foreign Service Officers 53
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 43
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 17
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 13
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 11
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 9
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 5
FE - Senior Foreign Service 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
CG - Corporate Graded 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 2
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 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
Compliance Inspection and SupportClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Quality AssuranceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Miscellaneous Administration and ProgramAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Grants ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Clerk-TypistClerical 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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