Laborer - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Laborer"

How much does a Laborer in the federal government get paid? $31,797.10* *Based on the 2009 average.

Laborer was the 87th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 2,914 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal w payscale.

In 2009, the National Park Service hired the most employees titled Laboring, with an average salary of $31,738.

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 1,173 $31,738.31
Veterans Health Administration 384 $33,564.55
Forest Service 320 $30,966.69
Agricultural Marketing Service 254 $22,276.62
Indian Affairs 162 $34,435.19
Bureau of Reclamation 72 $39,525.13
Bureau of the Census 62 $34,154.18
Internal Revenue Service 51 $30,411.61
U.S. Coast Guard 47 $35,696.87
Indian Health Service 44 $30,229.73
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 39 $29,024.56
Agricultural Research Service 34 $30,869.94
Bureau of Land Management 34 $32,458.47
Government Printing Office 21 $39,865.62
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 20 $27,660.05
Maritime Administration 19 $40,384.53
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 19 $44,925.37
Veterans Benefits Administration 18 $30,328.67
National Gallery of Art 16 $44,236.69
National Cemetery Administration 16 $28,558.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 14 $33,748.43
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 12 $32,726.83
Financial Management Service 12 $38,534.75
Department of Energy 8 $33,705.25
Federal Aviation Administration 7 $33,578.43
National Institute of Standards and Technology 6 $28,385.67
Federal Bureau of Investigation 6 $41,107.33
Geological Survey 6 $30,265.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 6 $38,129.00
Federal Acquisition Service 5 $35,928.60
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 5 $35,858.80
Social Security Administration 5 $39,047.80
Office of Personnel Management 3 $33,329.33
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $41,259.00
Presidio Trust 2 $44,463.50
Departmental Administration 2 $37,712.50
Rural Housing Service 1 $29,552.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $39,509.00
Departmental Offices 1 $30,679.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $43,615.00
National Labor Relations Board 1 $34,540.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $34,540.00
Department of State 1 $49,211.00

Laborer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Laborer is $31,797.10. The highest paid Laborer made $75,466 in 2009.

Common Laborer Payscales

Payscale Number of Laboring Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal W 2,535
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage Sy 149
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employee 68
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage Syst 65
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Non 26
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage 21
KX - Gpo Neg Rates/print Plant Workers, 100% 21
KG - Non-craft Non-supervisory 16
FW - Wage Grade 6
KS - Non-craft - Supervisory 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
KL - Non-craft - Leader 1
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1

Starting Paygrade: $7.63 to $15.54 / hour at paygrade FWS-1
Maximum Paygrade: $8.89 to $19.03 / 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Laborer was $26,593. Since then, the average pay has increased to $35,464 in 2018.

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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