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Administrative Officer - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Administrative Officer"

How much does an Administrative Officer in the federal government get paid? $88,561.06* *Based on the 2018 average.

Administrative Officer was the 46th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 7,357 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Administrative Officer, with an average salary of $72,740.

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 2,050 $72,739.77
National Institutes of Health 654 $110,145.99
Federal Aviation Administration 340 $76,637.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 268 $68,598.37
National Park Service 250 $83,517.61
Social Security Administration 247 $64,340.96
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 230 $72,556.01
Department of State 209 $130,689.71
U.S. Secret Service 165 $85,694.11
Food and Drug Administration 161 $99,530.20
U.S. Agency for International Development 153 $114,029.75
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 110 $136,488.00
U.S. Marshals Service 109 $102,871.95
Internal Revenue Service 108 $94,957.71
Agricultural Research Service 88 $82,227.08
Peace Corps 79 $111,919.61
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 73 $91,681.07
Geological Survey 72 $102,307.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 68 $104,132.59
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 66 $87,058.41
Federal Bureau of Investigation 64 $151,537.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 56 $103,718.80
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 55 $85,637.80
Environmental Protection Agency 55 $86,613.05
Drug Enforcement Administration 54 $114,414.00
Small Business Administration 53 $83,189.77
Health Resources and Services Administration 51 $112,053.29
Bureau of Land Management 49 $83,450.73
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 47 $119,166.09
Indian Affairs 44 $77,564.05
Farm Service Agency 44 $104,504.41
National Cemetery Administration 37 $71,903.97
Indian Health Service 36 $81,627.14
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 36 $130,578.00
Forest Service 34 $85,265.47
Bureau of Reclamation 32 $84,246.16
Department of Energy 32 $109,405.10
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 32 $93,947.03
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 28 $106,357.07
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 27 $87,487.59
National Archives and Records Administration 27 $76,726.19
Broadcasting Board of Governors 26 $96,084.00
Federal Highway Administration 25 $85,528.72
Transportation Security Administration 25 $116,246.24
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 25 $81,714.48
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 24 $100,314.54
Public Buildings Service 24 $78,101.54
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 22 $108,091.00
Patent and Trademark Office 22 $109,790.82
Food and Nutrition Service 20 $109,287.85
Goddard Space Flight Center 20 $82,264.40
Office of Personnel Management 20 $106,190.45
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 20 $92,984.15
Bureau of the Census 19 $106,390.11
Offices, Boards and Divisions 17 $108,527.00
Federal Trade Commission 17 $95,837.94
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 17 $102,980.06
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 17 $108,189.06
U.S. Trustee Program 16 $89,041.19
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 16 $88,087.13
Deputy Assistant Secretary Security & Law Enforcement 15 $47,421.60
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 15 $154,949.33
Employment and Training Administration 15 $95,223.20
Federal Transit Administration 14 $84,686.64
Office of Justice Programs 14 $91,891.57
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 14 $132,296.54
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 14 $151,350.14
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $93,044.23
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 12 $102,604.33
National Protection and Programs Directorate 12 $105,279.25
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 12 $87,379.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 11 $81,719.64
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 11 $122,863.18
Office of Comptroller of Currency 11 $157,060.91
Federal Emergency Management Agency 11 $112,392.09
Agricultural Marketing Service 10 $78,889.10
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 10 $102,101.50
Railroad Retirement Board 10 $91,287.00
Federal Railroad Administration 9 $92,723.56
National Transportation Safety Board 9 $83,259.56
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 8 $102,782.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 8 $77,876.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $148,579.13
Departmental Offices 8 $126,996.50
Bureau of Labor Statistics 7 $123,325.86
Office for Civil Rights 7 $91,816.14
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 7 $95,842.71
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 7 $104,620.29
U.S. Coast Guard 7 $93,630.43
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $115,437.33
Maritime Administration 6 $85,193.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 6 $74,482.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $118,954.33
Rural Housing Service 5 $103,309.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 5 $81,950.80
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 5 $78,016.40
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $112,889.80
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 5 $125,388.20
Veterans Customer Exper (Vce) 5 $107,273.00
Administration for Children and Families 5 $100,872.20
Mine Safety and Health Administration 5 $107,885.40
Office of Labor-Management Standards 5 $80,798.40
Federal Student Aid 5 $111,365.20
Headquarters, Nasa 5 $112,986.60
National Gallery of Art 5 $130,393.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 4 $108,103.75
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $85,337.25
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 4 $103,410.25
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 4 $144,547.75
National Appeals Division 4 $78,790.50
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 4 $128,662.75
National Science Foundation 4 $123,707.25
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 4 $85,244.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 3 $121,352.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $118,967.33
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 3 $136,125.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 3 $88,028.67
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 3 $79,203.67
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $127,247.67
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $143,069.67
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $149,509.33
Government Printing Office 3 $116,635.33
National Labor Relations Board 3 $150,640.67
Selective Service System 3 $74,789.00
U.S. Mint 3 $97,083.00
Board of Veterans Appeals 3 $151,947.33
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $94,695.50
Surface Transportation Board 2 $100,576.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $122,830.00
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $99,166.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resolution Management 2 $57,005.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 2 $118,870.00
Director for Resource Management 2 $129,433.50
Customs and Border Protection 2 $86,984.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $96,857.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $105,051.50
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 2 $113,485.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $116,946.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 2 $195,720.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 2 $161,430.50
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 2 $152,760.00
Commission of Fine Arts 2 $92,653.50
Federal Election Commission 2 $124,771.50
Ames Research Center 2 $137,566.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $75,740.50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2 $101,144.50
Office of Government Ethics 1 $89,703.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $81,645.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 1 $148,267.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $145,536.00
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 1 $109,900.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $106,668.00
Office of the Committee for Purchase from People Blind 1 $106,668.00
Office of Inspector General (Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled) 1 $106,668.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $164,200.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $72,863.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 $157,230.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 1 $72,573.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1 $137,508.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $89,703.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $98,886.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1 $92,421.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $92,421.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $148,267.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $73,105.00
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation 1 $109,900.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $81,548.00
International Trade Administration 1 $129,869.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $126,049.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $119,121.00
Office of the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Department 1 $164,200.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $164,200.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 1 $143,774.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $161,746.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $157,253.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $148,267.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $148,267.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $152,760.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $152,760.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $161,746.00
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 1 $129,869.00
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 1 $148,967.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $100,576.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 1 $137,508.00
Office of Science and Technology Policy 1 $106,668.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $133,689.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Human Resolution & Administration 1 $106,668.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $107,435.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget 1 $137,508.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $106,668.00
World War 1 Centennial Commission 1 $79,720.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $129,869.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 1 $99,116.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $96,883.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $157,253.00
National Security Council 1 $129,869.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $164,200.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $70,304.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $141,328.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $164,200.00
Office of Disability Employment Policy 1 $137,508.00
Office of Public Affairs 1 $161,746.00
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 1 $164,200.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 1 $66,110.00
Wage and Hour Division 1 $86,224.00
Immigration Office of Secretary of Education 1 $161,900.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 1 $164,200.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $157,253.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 1 $164,200.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $164,200.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $148,267.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $129,869.00
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council 1 $86,984.00
Office of the Director 1 $113,132.00

Administrative Officer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Administrative Officer is $88,561.06. The highest paid Administrative Officer made $217,946 in 2018.

Common Administrative Officer Payscales

Payscale Number of Administrative Officer Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,583
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 340
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 115
ZA - Administrative 111
FO - Foreign Service Officers 56
ES - Senior Executive Service 52
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 25
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 15
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 14
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
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
FE - Senior Foreign Service 3
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 3
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
CG - Corporate Graded 2
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 1
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 1
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 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
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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