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Laborer - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Laborer"

How much does a Laborer in the federal government get paid? $34,670.44* *Based on the 2015 average.

Laborer was the 121st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 1,785 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal w payscale.

In 2015, the National Park Service hired the most employees titled Laboring, with an average salary of $34,649.

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 733 $34,648.88
Veterans Health Administration 299 $36,268.20
Agricultural Marketing Service 171 $23,685.68
Forest Service 133 $32,932.37
Indian Affairs 74 $36,934.31
Bureau of Reclamation 48 $45,965.73
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 43 $32,926.33
Internal Revenue Service 36 $35,449.56
Indian Health Service 34 $33,583.29
Bureau of Land Management 33 $36,276.88
Agricultural Research Service 22 $33,101.18
U.S. Coast Guard 21 $38,981.14
National Gallery of Art 20 $46,172.05
National Cemetery Administration 19 $33,460.21
Maritime Administration 15 $46,876.73
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 11 $47,949.55
Veterans Benefits Administration 10 $38,861.40
Bureau of the Census 10 $39,776.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 8 $38,267.00
Government Printing Office 5 $44,599.00
Federal Aviation Administration 5 $33,794.00
Farm Service Agency 5 $46,575.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $40,619.80
Geological Survey 4 $37,059.75
Federal Bureau of Investigation 4 $41,245.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 3 $45,311.33
Departmental Administration 3 $38,797.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $36,126.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $45,846.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $40,428.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $42,658.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $40,383.00
Presidio Trust 1 $45,747.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $49,485.00
Departmental Offices 1 $32,098.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 1 $30,512.00
Rural Housing Service 1 $32,098.00

Laborer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Laborer is $34,670.44. The highest paid Laborer made $105,263 in 2015.

Common Laborer Payscales

Payscale Number of Laboring Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal W 1,616
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage Syst 41
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employee 41
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage Sy 34
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage 16
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Non 13
KG - Non-craft Non-supervisory 10
KX - Gpo Neg Rates/print Plant Workers, 100% 5
FW - Wage Grade 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1
BL - Leader - Negotiated Pay Employees 1
KS - Non-craft - Supervisory 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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