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Historian - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Historian"

How much does a Historian in the federal government get paid? $111,720.45* *Based on the 2021 average.

Historian was the 298th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 277 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the National Park Service hired the most employees titled History, with an average salary of $98,685.

Government History jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a History job is GS-6, 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

This occupation includes positions the duties of which are to advise on, administer, supervise or perform research or other work in the field of history when such work requires a professional knowledge of established methods and techniques of historical research in the collection, evaluation, analysis or presentation of historical facts.

Agencies that have hired a Historian

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Park Service 142 $98,685.11
Department of State 40 $132,280.90
Forest Service 9 $79,680.67
Bureau of Reclamation 8 $86,193.38
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $126,096.83
Offices, Boards and Divisions 6 $159,641.33
Bureau of the Census 5 $114,645.80
U.S. Coast Guard 5 $118,315.20
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 4 $110,788.50
American Battle Monuments Commission 4 $111,759.75
National Cemetery Administration 3 $132,758.00
National Archives and Records Administration 3 $147,332.67
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 3 $117,077.67
National Institutes of Health 3 $145,258.67
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 3 $147,688.00
Food and Drug Administration 2 $133,216.00
Maritime Administration 2 $142,599.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 2 $117,893.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $147,804.50
Department of Energy 2 $112,546.00
National Science Foundation 2 $132,801.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2 $123,886.50
Commission of Fine Arts 2 $127,885.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1 $155,934.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $90,106.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $116,559.00
Customs and Border Protection 1 $138,866.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $94,456.00
Ames Research Center 1 $94,523.00
Headquarters, Nasa 1 $159,286.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 1 $126,614.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $134,798.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $244,232.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $120,759.00
Veterans Health Administration 1 $114,059.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $111,103.00
U.S. Mint 1 $138,048.00
Federal Aviation Administration 1 $171,890.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 $183,300.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $123,801.00

Historian Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Historian is $111,720.45. The highest paid Historian made $244,232 in 2021.

Common Historian Payscales

Payscale Number of History Employees
GS - General Schedule 262
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 4
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
CG - Corporate Graded 1
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 1
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for History jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Health Aid and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Plant Protection TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
SecretaryClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Fingerprint IdentificationClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average History Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Historian was $71,730. Since then, the average pay has increased to $111,720 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0170.

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