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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2021

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2021, ranked by average pay. In 2021, the worst paying job was "Barbering," with an average yearly pay of $301. The second worst paying job, "Credit Union Examiner," follows with an average of $1,181, which is a 292.36% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Barber $301.00 $301
2 Credit Union Examiner $1,181.18 $250
3 Sales Store Clerk $29,059.24 $18,637
4 Supply Student Trainee $30,262.50 $22,886
5 Education Student Trainee $31,174.67 $25,754
6 Agricultural Commodity Aid $31,276.55 $550
7 Library and Archives Student Trainee $31,520.00 $31,520
8 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $33,093.86 $26,860
9 Biological Science Student Trainee $34,322.87 $22,886
10 Data Transcriber $35,115.43 $25,996
11 Information Receptionist $35,737.83 $25,734
12 Laundry Worker $35,891.09 $21,067
13 Miscellaneous Personal Services $36,479.82 $22,394
14 Language Clerk $36,627.00 $32,022
15 General Student Trainee $37,092.29 $23,654
16 $37,428.10 $22,886
17 Custodial Worker $37,474.56 $800
18 Information and Arts Student Trainee $37,873.00 $25,754
19 Telephone Operator $38,409.14 $28,078
20 Business and Industry Student Trainee $38,590.58 $25,734
21 Food Service Worker $38,657.71 $19,305
22 Plant Protection Technician $39,502.55 $28,078
23 Laborer $39,541.25 $22,143
24 Physical Science Student Trainee $39,752.46 $28,078
25 Investigation Student Trainee $40,042.00 $34,529
26 Guide $40,104.58 $28,078
27 Medical and Health Student Trainee $40,734.92 $22,886
28 Mail and File Employee $40,822.81 $366
29 Second Cook $41,173.67 $40,759
30 Financial Management Student Trainee $41,241.71 $16,661
31 Sewing Machine Operator $42,016.10 $31,503
32 Community Planning Technician $42,072.00 $39,311
33 Clerk-Typist $42,297.30 $31,554
34 Information Technology Student Trainee $42,343.77 $25,754
35 $42,344.16 $31,520
36 Laboratory Worker $42,611.79 $34,665
37 Nursing Assistant $42,722.88 $28,078
38 Oiler $42,885.00 $42,459
39 Statistical Assistant $43,178.48 $31,520
40 Insects Production Worker $43,952.34 $28,571
41 Medical Technician $44,245.13 $28,078
42 Laundry Machine Operator $44,633.69 $27,757
43 Able Seaman $44,740.13 $44,055
44 Supply Clerk and Technician $44,775.00 $20,816
45 Medical Support Assistant $45,175.96 $700
46 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $45,230.11 $36,636
47 $45,278.71 $25,734
48 Store Worker $45,497.00 $45,497
49 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $45,699.07 $73
50 $45,839.45 $1,500
51 Cash Processer $45,898.74 $800
52 Recreation Aid and Assistant $45,916.61 $800
53 Engine Utilityman $46,085.50 $45,897
54 Equipment Operator $46,197.61 $31,520
55 Veterinary Student Trainee $46,304.78 $31,520
56 Miscellaneous Engine Overhaul $46,436.00 $46,436
57 Transportation Student Trainee $46,670.00 $32,570
58 Telecommunications Processer $46,935.41 $35,265
59 $47,013.67 $37,047
60 Irrigation System Operator $47,146.84 $31,520
61 $47,183.38 $25,734
62 Civilian $47,655.67 $250
63 Transportation Clerk and Assistant $47,928.30 $1,000
64 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $48,254.02 $28,078
65 Security Guard $48,257.14 $1,500
66 Hazardous Waste Disposer $48,329.12 $42,930
67 Animal Caretaker $48,421.51 $32,682
68 Dental Assistant $48,459.10 $25,734
69 $48,491.53 $439
70 Social Services Aid and Assistant $48,499.09 $31,520
71 Biological Science Technician $48,643.17 $1,300
72 Soil Conservation Technician $48,694.06 $31,520
73 Health Aid and Technician $48,898.43 $625
74 Tax Examiner $48,978.34 $31,520
75 Economics Assistant $49,034.72 $25,996
76 Pharmacy Technician $49,071.28 $25,734
77 Dispatcher $49,491.54 $31,520
78 Food Inspector $49,696.20 $35,265
79 Security Clerk and Assistant $49,855.35 $1,000
80 Tractor Operator $49,915.30 $31,504
81 Human Resources Assistance $50,061.60 $400
82 Unlicensed Junior Engineer $50,653.00 $49,871
83 Social Science Student Trainee $50,744.48 $28,078
84 Forestry Technician $50,765.89 $3,680
85 Financial Clerk and Assistant $50,803.84 $500
86 Voucher Examiner $50,805.76 $35,265
87 Tools and Parts Attendant $50,855.67 $31,931
88 Cemetery Caretaker $50,975.13 $27,214
89 Purchasing $51,011.67 $35,265
90 Mobile Equipment Servicing $51,062.86 $42,971
91 Chief Cook $51,142.00 $50,290
92 Communications Clerk $51,410.67 $45,847
93 Instrument Mechanic $51,494.66 $33,371
94 Motor Vehicle Operator $51,703.44 $500
95 Budget Clerk $51,719.47 $35,265
96 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $51,896.15 $28,078
97 Accounting Technician $51,976.10 $31,718
98 $52,277.17 $51,725
99 Seaman/Fisherman $52,358.22 $44,055
100 Art Specialist $52,421.00 $52,421

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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