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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2016

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2016, ranked by average pay. In 2016, the worst paying job was "Sales Store Clerical," with an average yearly pay of $22,026. The second worst paying job, "Misc Food Preparation And Serving," follows with an average of $26,918, which is a 22.21% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Sales Store Clerk $22,026.24 $16,153
2 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $26,918.13 $25,336
3 Agricultural Commodity Aid $28,203.41 $22,419
4 Miscellaneous Personal Services $30,411.45 $26,734
5 Messenger $30,625.17 $26,638
6 Biological Science Student Trainee $30,890.63 $20,975
7 Laundry Worker $31,925.45 $18,762
8 Food Service Worker $31,958.44 $16,717
9 General Student Trainee $32,305.87 $20,975
10 $32,686.19 $20,975
11 Custodial Worker $33,140.43 $18,762
12 Guide $33,540.07 $23,582
13 Wiper $33,575.00 $33,575
14 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $33,796.00 $33,796
15 Plant Protection Technician $34,462.87 $23,615
16 Physical Science Student Trainee $34,472.78 $20,975
17 Information Receptionist $34,573.70 $23,582
18 Data Transcriber $34,651.72 $25,617
19 Laborer $35,138.45 $19,618
20 Copyright and Patent Student Trainee $35,723.50 $31,521
21 Mail and File Employee $35,851.44 $23,582
22 Insects Production Worker $36,010.25 $26,797
23 Library and Archives Student Trainee $36,038.93 $28,159
24 Baker $36,147.00 $36,147
25 Telephone Operator $36,691.29 $25,731
26 $37,182.65 $20,975
27 Business and Industry Student Trainee $37,309.28 $25,731
28 Range Technician $37,443.97 $23,582
29 Investigation Student Trainee $37,467.74 $25,731
30 Medical and Health Student Trainee $37,504.25 $20,975
31 Second Cook $37,534.85 $37,353
32 Nursing Assistant $37,544.17 $500
33 Information Technology Student Trainee $37,759.30 $23,700
34 Miscellaneous General Services and Support Worker $37,838.54 $24,355
35 Insurance Accountant $37,868.80 $34,096
36 Sewing Machine Operator $37,950.28 $28,947
37 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $38,048.21 $500
38 Clerk-Typist $38,297.73 $22,888
39 Information and Arts Student Trainee $38,582.02 $25,731
40 Recreation Aid and Assistant $38,600.83 $24,515
41 Laboratory Worker $38,774.66 $26,505
42 Financial Management Student Trainee $38,825.77 $22,888
43 Statistical Assistant $38,908.10 $28,886
44 Communications Clerk $39,066.75 $28,886
45 Language Clerk $39,156.80 $26,589
46 Oiler $39,199.25 $38,913
47 $39,241.02 $22,888
48 Forestry Technician $39,334.03 $765
49 $39,484.53 $23,582
50 Exhibits Maker/Modeler $39,510.14 $38,589
51 Telecommunications Processer $39,639.51 $25,731
52 Medical Technician $39,820.81 $25,731
53 Veterinary Student Trainee $39,989.73 $450
54 Equipment Operator $40,172.41 $28,886
55 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $40,188.51 $33,575
56 Medical Support Assistant $40,347.36 $506
57 Autopsy Assistant $40,719.33 $33,395
58 Able Seaman $40,788.00 $40,374
59 Biological Science Technician $41,053.13 $20,975
60 Irrigation System Operator $41,107.46 $28,886
61 Cash Processer $41,463.47 $23,670
62 Dispatcher $41,471.15 $28,886
63 Education Student Trainee $41,813.25 $29,901
64 Security Clerk and Assistant $41,974.70 $28,886
65 Supply Student Trainee $42,078.63 $28,886
66 Correspondence Clerk $42,147.67 $32,318
67 Engine Utilityman $42,245.50 $41,738
68 $42,274.87 $459
69 Animal Caretaker $42,396.52 $26,985
70 Laundry Machine Operator $42,400.29 $23,625
71 Social Services Aid and Assistant $42,458.82 $28,886
72 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $42,580.82 $24,154
73 Dental Assistant $42,656.33 $23,582
74 Security Guard $42,691.32 $21,087
75 Compliance Inspector $42,695.33 $28,559
76 Supply Clerk and Technician $42,729.75 $17,301
77 Voucher Examiner $42,923.52 $31,053
78 Pharmacy Technician $43,026.44 $23,611
79 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $43,201.79 $200
80 General Telecommunications Employee $43,536.05 $32,318
81 Locomotive Engineer $43,681.00 $43,681
82 Health Aid and Technician $43,815.29 $21,882
83 Laboratory Support Worker $43,851.33 $41,156
84 $43,903.65 $27,502
85 Transportation Clerk and Assistant $44,005.49 $30,884
86 Survey Technician $44,421.40 $23,582
87 Aircraft Attendent $44,651.38 $34,331
88 Civilian $44,691.24 $27,735
89 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $44,730.30 $150
90 Cemetery Caretaker $44,784.70 $24,001
91 Economics Assistant $44,860.51 $31,521
92 Food Inspector $44,940.70 $32,318
93 Social Science Student Trainee $44,954.77 $21,426
94 Tractor Operator $44,961.87 $27,841
95 Social Science Aid and Technician $44,981.87 $23,582
96 Tools and Parts Attendant $44,987.86 $28,154
97 Farmer $45,202.84 $26,505
98 Hazardous Waste Disposer $45,297.64 $38,672
99 Motor Vehicle Operator $45,682.96 $22,456
100 Soil Conservation Technician $45,741.12 $23,582

Data Sources

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