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Laboratory Worker - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Laboratory Worker"

How much does a Laboratory Worker in the federal government get paid? $42,611.79* *Based on the 2021 average.

Laboratory Worker was the 455th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 25 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service hired the most employees titled Laboratory Working, with an average salary of $40,656.

Government Laboratory Working jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Laboratory Working job is FWS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is FWS-4. 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 standard covers nonsupervisory work requiring ability to clean, prepare for sterilization, sterilize, and assemble laboratory and hospital glassware, instruments, and related items. This work includes such tasks as sorting and loading items into washing machine baskets; operating washing machines, sterilizers, water stills, and centrifuges; preparing flasks, beakers, vials, test tubes, and dishes by capping, corking, plugging, and wrapping; of glassware, instruments, tubing, adapters, connectors, etc., into a composite unit.

Agencies that have hired a Laboratory Worker

Laboratory Worker Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Laboratory Worker is $42,611.79. The highest paid Laboratory Worker made $66,659 in 2021.

Common Laboratory Worker Payscales

Payscale Number of Laboratory Working Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 23
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 1
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 1

Starting Paygrade: $17.68 to $7.38 / hour at paygrade FWS-1
Maximum Paygrade: $8.78 to $21.06 / hour at paygrade FWS-4

Other Jobs at the FWS-1 Paygrade

FWS-1 is the starting paygrade for Laboratory Working jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Laboratory WorkingFWS-1FWS-4
Mobile Equipment ServicingFWS-1FWS-6
Elevator OperatingFWS-1FWS-2

Average Laboratory Working Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Laboratory Worker was $29,417. Since then, the average pay has increased to $42,612 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 3511.

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