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Laborer - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "Laborer"

How much does a Laborer in the federal government get paid? $36,906.55* *Based on the 2019 average.

Laborer was the 130th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 1,663 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2019, the National Park Service hired the most employees titled Laboring, with an average salary of $38,465.

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 580 $38,465.16
Veterans Health Administration 320 $37,898.62
Agricultural Marketing Service 228 $25,421.34
Forest Service 131 $34,568.28
Indian Affairs 64 $38,867.67
Bureau of Land Management 45 $36,695.82
Bureau of Reclamation 40 $51,549.40
Indian Health Service 37 $36,169.41
Bureau of the Census 36 $38,272.14
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 31 $38,196.13
Internal Revenue Service 30 $38,527.30
U.S. Coast Guard 23 $40,034.91
Agricultural Research Service 17 $36,008.24
National Gallery of Art 16 $51,797.88
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 11 $52,184.36
International Boundary Commission: U.S. and Canada 8 $41,494.75
Department of Energy 7 $44,912.00
Government Printing Office 4 $50,176.75
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $46,561.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 4 $40,853.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 4 $50,646.00
Geological Survey 3 $39,145.33
Federal Bureau of Investigation 3 $45,496.67
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $39,486.00
Departmental Administration 2 $43,994.00
Federal Aviation Administration 2 $37,346.50
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $45,653.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $47,938.00
Maritime Administration 1 $46,540.00
Fpac Business Center 1 $51,737.00
Rural Housing Service 1 $35,082.00
Federal Acquisition Service 1 $41,636.00
Department of State 1 $57,163.00
Office of Comptroller of Currency 1 $54,812.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $43,827.00
Presidio Trust 1 $56,307.00

Laborer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Laborer is $36,906.55. The highest paid Laborer made $102,263 in 2019.

Common Laborer Payscales

Payscale Number of Laboring Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 1,491
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 49
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employees 37
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage System Not Otherwise Designated 31
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Nonsupervisory - Federal Wage System 18
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 17
KG - Non-craft Non-supervisory 10
KX - Government Printing Office Negotiated Rates For Printing Plant Workers, 100% 4
FW - Wage Grade (similar To The Nonsupervisory Pay Schedule Under The Federal Wage System) 2
KS - Non-craft - Supervisory 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 1
BL - Leader - Negotiated Pay Employees 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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Source: www.federalpay.org/employees/occupations/laboring/2019