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Laborer - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Laborer"

How much does a Laborer in the federal government get paid? $30,214.03* *Based on the 2008 average.

Laborer was the 91st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 2,639 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal w payscale.

In 2008, the National Park Service hired the most employees titled Laboring, with an average salary of $30,804.

Government Laboring jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Laboring 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 that primarily requires physical effort and ability to perform laboring duties that involve little or no specialized skill or prior work experience. The work typically involves duties such as loading and unloading trucks; moving office furniture, equipment, and supplies by hand or with various moving devices (e.g., dollies and/or hand trucks); mowing lawns and trimming shrubs; washing vehicles; and clearing and digging ditches. These duties are commonly found in a variety of work situations such as roads and grounds maintenance, industrial operations, warehouses, office buildings, printing facilities, supply centers, and production areas.

Agencies that have hired a Laborer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Park Service 966 $30,803.86
Veterans Health Administration 378 $31,542.53
Forest Service 325 $29,737.31
Agricultural Marketing Service 321 $21,167.28
Indian Affairs 93 $32,491.67
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 62 $26,311.19
U.S. Coast Guard 46 $34,056.52
Bureau of Reclamation 44 $38,919.77
Internal Revenue Service 42 $29,021.14
Indian Health Service 34 $30,186.68
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 33 $28,650.82
Agricultural Research Service 32 $28,409.34
Bureau of Land Management 27 $31,352.78
Government Printing Office 26 $37,796.71
Maritime Administration 22 $38,122.36
Bureau of the Census 20 $37,226.80
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 19 $45,625.32
National Gallery of Art 17 $41,072.71
Financial Management Service 15 $36,345.40
Federal Emergency Management Agency 13 $36,434.77
Veterans Benefits Administration 11 $29,973.00
Geological Survey 9 $27,210.67
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 8 $35,271.63
National Cemetery Administration 7 $30,007.29
Social Security Administration 6 $38,633.83
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $36,711.83
Federal Acquisition Service 6 $34,128.67
Presidio Trust 5 $44,734.20
Federal Aviation Administration 5 $39,905.80
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 5 $37,860.20
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 5 $38,247.60
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 4 $32,473.50
Customs and Border Protection 4 $34,313.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $36,418.00
Office of Personnel Management 3 $31,409.33
National Institute of Standards and Technology 3 $29,427.00
Department of Energy 2 $32,286.00
Departmental Administration 2 $35,395.50
Department of State 2 $47,552.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $37,916.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $26,066.00
Rural Housing Service 1 $28,195.00
Departmental Offices 1 $29,260.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $32,954.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $32,954.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $38,969.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $39,650.00

Laborer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Laborer is $30,214.03. The highest paid Laborer made $70,249 in 2008.

Common Laborer Payscales

Payscale Number of Laboring Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal W 2,368
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage Sy 83
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage Syst 53
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employee 38
KX - Gpo Neg Rates/print Plant Workers, 100% 26
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage 20
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Non 19
KG - Non-craft Non-supervisory 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
FW - Wage Grade 5
KS - Non-craft - Supervisory 3
CE - Contract Education--year Long 2
KL - Non-craft - Leader 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 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 Laboring jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Elevator OperatingFWS-1FWS-2
Fabric WorkingFWS-1FWS-9
Mobile Equipment ServicingFWS-1FWS-6
Laboratory WorkingFWS-1FWS-4

Average Laboring Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Laborer was $26,593. Since then, the average pay has increased to $39,541 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 3502.

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