Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2018

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2018, ranked by average pay. In 2018, the worst paying job was "Credit Union Examiner," with an average yearly pay of $1,003. The second worst paying job, "Agricultural Commodity Aid," follows with an average of $27,390, which is a 2630.81% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Credit Union Examiner $1,003.46 $200
2 Agricultural Commodity Aid $27,390.42 $23,966
3 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $28,633.38 $26,421
4 Sales Store Clerk $30,295.33 $24,537
5 Biological Science Student Trainee $31,217.09 $21,316
6 Miscellaneous Personal Services $31,358.64 $21,225
7 Messenger $32,158.30 $27,841
8 Laundry Worker $32,488.69 $19,305
9 Food Service Worker $32,838.52 $17,113
10 General Student Trainee $33,524.11 $21,316
11 Custodial Worker $33,807.66 $19,305
12 Wiper $34,122.00 $34,122
13 $34,336.84 $21,316
14 Business and Industry Student Trainee $34,713.06 $26,150
15 Supply Student Trainee $35,139.50 $31,283
16 $35,386.60 $500
17 Plant Protection Technician $35,415.96 $24,091
18 Information Receptionist $35,460.97 $500
19 Laborer $35,464.04 $20,077
20 Physical Science Student Trainee $35,905.50 $21,316
21 Guide $36,214.53 $21,316
22 Mail and File Employee $36,351.34 $460
23 Data Transcriber $36,503.19 $26,150
24 Medical and Health Student Trainee $36,681.36 $21,316
25 Insects Production Worker $37,722.42 $28,446
26 Telephone Operator $37,793.03 $26,150
27 Second Cook $38,060.00 $37,962
28 Communications Clerk $38,182.71 $29,656
29 Language Clerk $38,432.17 $27,022
30 Nursing Assistant $38,448.65 $140
31 Financial Management Student Trainee $38,807.63 $24,253
32 Laboratory Worker $38,815.43 $27,256
33 Sewing Machine Operator $38,860.81 $29,510
34 Library and Archives Student Trainee $39,444.67 $36,281
35 Oiler $39,999.73 $39,547
36 Statistical Assistant $40,032.89 $29,356
37 Clerk-Typist $40,042.40 $23,547
38 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $40,107.14 $26,150
39 Medical Technician $40,241.33 $26,329
40 Store Worker $40,342.00 $40,342
41 Insurance Accountant $40,519.71 $34,826
42 $40,558.50 $30,252
43 Telecommunications Processer $40,684.64 $29,356
44 Transportation Student Trainee $40,866.25 $27,298
45 Investigation Student Trainee $40,959.20 $28,886
46 $41,115.67 $23,547
47 Medical Support Assistant $41,191.39 $26,150
48 $41,363.36 $23,966
49 Information Technology Student Trainee $41,421.06 $26,325
50 Able Seaman $41,497.25 $41,032
51 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $41,643.25 $34,122
52 Autopsy Assistant $41,700.60 $35,972
53 Miscellaneous General Services and Support Worker $41,912.19 $23,729
54 Cash Processer $42,243.75 $28,394
55 Equipment Operator $42,328.04 $29,356
56 Recreation Aid and Assistant $42,665.06 $24,934
57 Engine Utilityman $42,668.00 $42,668
58 Information and Arts Student Trainee $42,677.97 $23,966
59 Laundry Machine Operator $42,940.13 $24,021
60 $42,987.95 $959
61 Irrigation System Operator $43,044.71 $26,150
62 Education Student Trainee $43,080.42 $31,549
63 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $43,379.94 $650
64 Animal Caretaker $43,409.22 $28,194
65 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $43,514.48 $200
66 Security Guard $43,578.84 $25,559
67 Dental Assistant $43,667.15 $23,966
68 Social Services Aid and Assistant $43,925.05 $27,332
69 Supply Clerk and Technician $44,086.58 $26,150
70 General Telecommunications Employee $44,134.64 $34,999
71 Pharmacy Technician $44,186.38 $24,076
72 Voucher Examiner $44,650.04 $31,803
73 Dispatcher $44,762.55 $29,356
74 Laboratory Support Worker $44,888.73 $42,137
75 Biological Science Technician $44,898.96 $21,316
76 Health Aid and Technician $44,976.46 $200
77 Range Technician $45,052.52 $26,150
78 $45,242.77 $26,456
79 Civilian $45,341.93 $29,356
80 Transportation Clerk and Assistant $45,523.00 $29,356
81 Correspondence Clerk $45,782.50 $38,158
82 Tools and Parts Attendant $46,032.58 $28,613
83 Security Clerk and Assistant $46,083.81 $29,356
84 Art Specialist $46,110.00 $46,110
85 Hazardous Waste Disposer $46,197.69 $36,418
86 Social Science Student Trainee $46,227.76 $23,974
87 Food Inspector $46,231.54 $32,844
88 Cemetery Caretaker $46,436.18 $24,397
89 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $46,561.01 $29,356
90 Unlicensed Junior Engineer $46,618.70 $46,449
91 Tractor Operator $46,619.65 $28,655
92 Seaman/Fisherman $46,738.43 $37,706
93 Motor Vehicle Operator $46,814.93 $22,832
94 Mobile Equipment Servicing $46,904.73 $38,839
95 Soil Conservation Technician $47,032.60 $23,966
96 Human Resources Assistance $47,348.77 $200
97 Financial Clerk and Assistant $47,447.51 $600
98 Economics Assistant $47,473.71 $32,844
99 Veterinary Student Trainee $47,533.84 $33,479
100 Packing $47,606.26 $37,775

Data Sources

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