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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2017

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2017, ranked by average pay. In 2017, the worst paying job was "Internal Revenue Officer," with an average yearly pay of $344. The second worst paying job, "Compliance Inspection And Support," follows with an average of $378, which is a 9.88% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Internal Revenue Officer $343.86 $200
2 Compliance Inspector $378.06 $35
3 Internal Revenue Agent $379.88 $100
4 Hearings and Appeals Personnel $416.18 $38
5 United States Marshal $450.43 $153
6 $500.00 $500
7 Correctional Officer $549.28 $100
8 Customs and Border Protection Personnel $636.86 $2
9 $673.29 $35
10 Nuclear Materials Courier $676.47 $250
11 Police Officer $736.13 $50
12 Border Patrol Enforcer $800.19 $130
13 Investigative Analyst $847.68 $150
14 Buffing and Polishing Personnel $894.55 $800
15 Miscellaneous Machine Tool Work $953.57 $400
16 Intelligence Personnel $957.02 $77
17 Packaging Machine Operator $983.82 $150
18 Heat Treater $995.67 $153
19 Intelligence Aid and Clerk $1,000.00 $1,000
20 General Investigator $1,054.20 $100
21 Criminal Investigator $1,127.80 $77
22 Metal Forming Machine Operator $1,504.87 $50
23 Nuclear Engineer $1,656.76 $100
24 Production Machinery Mechanic $2,427.47 $200
25 Toolmaker $11,642.00 $200
26 Miscellaneous Metal Work $18,633.63 $300
27 Work Unit Supervisor $23,014.58 $153
28 Agricultural Commodity Aid $27,599.85 $23,966
29 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $28,888.44 $26,421
30 Sales Store Clerk $30,144.58 $24,537
31 Biological Science Student Trainee $31,410.15 $21,316
32 Miscellaneous Personal Services $31,618.58 $21,225
33 Electromotive Equipment Mechanic $32,059.00 $327
34 Messenger $32,081.00 $27,841
35 Laundry Worker $32,469.26 $19,305
36 Food Service Worker $32,857.17 $17,113
37 $33,474.06 $100
38 General Student Trainee $33,515.02 $21,316
39 Custodial Worker $33,813.69 $19,305
40 Wiper $34,122.00 $34,122
41 Information Receptionist $34,197.99 $300
42 Business and Industry Student Trainee $34,495.68 $26,150
43 Supply Student Trainee $35,114.83 $31,283
44 Plant Protection Technician $35,369.62 $24,091
45 Data Transcriber $35,451.20 $26,150
46 Materials Expediter $35,474.75 $153
47 Laborer $35,475.23 $20,077
48 Sandblaster $35,729.00 $35,729
49 Guide $35,806.85 $350
50 Physical Science Student Trainee $36,092.44 $21,316
51 $36,116.26 $23,966
52 Mail and File Employee $36,177.62 $460
53 Investigation Student Trainee $36,379.85 $250
54 Medical and Health Student Trainee $36,852.62 $21,316
55 Insects Production Worker $37,540.40 $28,446
56 Telephone Operator $37,674.12 $26,150
57 Second Cook $38,103.84 $37,962
58 Language Clerk $38,191.86 $27,022
59 Nursing Assistant $38,438.29 $500
60 Laboratory Worker $38,465.08 $27,256
61 Communications Clerk $38,617.00 $30,334
62 Sewing Machine Operator $38,853.34 $29,510
63 Financial Management Student Trainee $39,154.31 $24,253
64 Library and Archives Student Trainee $39,444.67 $36,281
65 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $39,559.73 $153
66 Statistical Assistant $39,638.69 $383
67 Oiler $39,989.88 $39,547
68 Medical Technician $40,206.53 $26,150
69 Clerk-Typist $40,302.48 $23,547
70 $40,383.50 $30,252
71 Insurance Accountant $40,519.71 $34,826
72 Telecommunications Processer $40,807.32 $29,356
73 $40,885.30 $327
74 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $41,174.03 $34,122
75 Medical Support Assistant $41,217.36 $26,150
76 Information Technology Student Trainee $41,290.58 $1,500
77 Able Seaman $41,540.81 $41,032
78 Information and Arts Student Trainee $41,612.76 $23,966
79 Tools and Parts Attendant $41,664.47 $1,400
80 Miscellaneous General Services and Support Worker $41,791.16 $23,729
81 $42,229.91 $23,547
82 Cash Processer $42,250.43 $28,394
83 Equipment Operator $42,310.32 $29,356
84 Irrigation System Operator $42,318.04 $26,150
85 Recreation Aid and Assistant $42,453.83 $24,934
86 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $42,469.86 $74
87 $42,478.32 $900
88 Engine Utilityman $42,543.00 $42,418
89 Laundry Machine Operator $42,951.23 $24,021
90 Education Student Trainee $43,038.75 $31,549
91 Autopsy Assistant $43,132.75 $36,130
92 Animal Caretaker $43,348.78 $27,894
93 Transportation Student Trainee $43,372.67 $26,915
94 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $43,382.28 $300
95 Security Guard $43,604.39 $25,559
96 Supply Clerk and Technician $43,632.77 $153
97 Dental Assistant $43,666.58 $23,966
98 Range Technician $43,937.29 $26,150
99 Social Services Aid and Assistant $43,986.36 $27,332
100 Fingerprint Identifier $44,087.64 $77

Data Sources

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