Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2004

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2004, ranked by average pay. In 2004, the worst paying job was "Sales Store Clerical," with an average yearly pay of $17,760. The second worst paying job, "Barbering," follows with an average of $21,993, which is a 23.83% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Sales Store Cleric $17,760.16 $12,898
2 Barber $21,992.67 $175
3 Agricultural Commodity Aid $22,933.31 $19,483
4 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $23,863.00 $23,863
5 Messenger $24,213.53 $17,328
6 Wiper $24,889.00 $24,783
7 Ordinary Seaman $25,388.40 $24,783
8 Laundry Worker $26,110.29 $1,000
9 Food Service Worker $26,166.54 $100
10 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $26,168.95 $17,328
11 Information Receptionist $26,322.97 $17,328
12 Biological Science Student Trainee $26,392.60 $17,328
13 Plant Protection Technician $26,525.32 $17,328
14 Laborer $26,592.91 $300
15 Guide $26,655.42 $17,328
16 Custodial Worker $26,848.10 $300
17 Second Cook $27,645.10 $27,579
18 Medical and Health Student Trainee $28,199.54 $17,906
19 Ofc Automation Cleric and Assistant $28,246.82 $15,625
20 Transportation Student Trainee $28,433.42 $20,748
21 Library and Archives Student Trainee $28,537.44 $17,328
22 Mail and File Employee $28,647.36 $168
23 Telephone Operator $28,667.77 $500
24 Data Transcriber $28,702.18 $19,483
25 Able Seaman $28,992.48 $26,677
26 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $28,999.40 $23,863
27 Oiler $29,114.50 $28,732
28 Financial Management Student Trainee $29,131.65 $17,911
29 Insects Production Worker $29,196.54 $21,538
30 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $29,198.93 $24,783
31 Investigation Student Trainee $29,261.79 $21,257
32 Laboratory Worker $29,416.88 $2,000
33 Business and Industry Student Trainee $29,622.53 $19,595
34 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $29,636.97 $17,911
35 Range Technician $29,888.77 $19,483
36 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $29,957.40 $29,809
37 Recreation Aid and Assistant $30,123.76 $16,221
38 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $30,196.33 $19,168
39 Supply Student Trainee $30,348.00 $22,952
40 Nursing Assistant $30,363.60 $203
41 Miscellaneous Personal Services $30,495.50 $29,479
42 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $30,497.63 $21,518
43 Safety Technician $30,544.59 $19,483
44 General Student Trainee $30,698.14 $15,625
45 Engine Utilityman $30,806.00 $30,806
46 Physical Science Student Trainee $31,019.20 $19,168
47 Medical Support Assistant $31,107.02 $500
48 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $31,386.96 $21,257
49 Information and Arts Student Trainee $31,633.42 $19,168
50 Seaman/Fisherman $31,695.83 $24,783
51 Equipment Operator $31,707.64 $19,548
52 Sewing Machine Operator $31,738.08 $21,580
53 Clerk-Typist $31,804.16 $15,625
54 Security Guard $31,923.09 $16,221
55 Biological Science Technician $32,170.54 $148
56 Correspondence Clerk $32,213.46 $23,383
57 Education Student Trainee $32,287.00 $24,659
58 Forestry Technician $32,323.10 $100
59 Cash Processer $32,473.87 $700
60 Dispatcher $32,532.38 $20,149
61 Dental Assistant $32,701.73 $19,483
62 Baker $32,755.50 $28,842
63 Education and Training Technician $32,942.90 $750
64 Medical Technician $33,038.19 $144
65 Miscellaneous Plant and Animal Work $33,077.36 $23,708
66 Pharmacy Technician $33,179.94 $700
67 Rubber Equipment Repairman $33,309.00 $33,309
68 Telecommunications Processer $33,443.25 $21,257
69 Animal Caretaker $33,459.17 $20,536
70 Autopsy Assistant $33,569.11 $21,518
71 Oiler Diesel $33,601.00 $33,601
72 Soil Conservation Technician $33,609.76 $17,328
73 Laboratory Support Worker $33,658.46 $25,837
74 Unlicensed Junior Engineer $33,770.60 $33,740
75 Insurance Accountant $33,909.47 $25,825
76 Statistical Assistant $33,984.65 $21,257
77 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $34,016.61 $100
78 Chief Cook $34,032.00 $34,032
79 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $34,088.10 $22
80 Veterinary Student Trainee $34,295.14 $29,821
81 Irrigation System Operator $34,377.24 $21,257
82 Surveying Technician $34,504.34 $17,568
83 Social Services Aid and Assistant $34,521.41 $19,483
84 Information Technology Student Trainee $34,584.20 $19,483
85 Social Science Aid and Technician $34,694.63 $17,906
86 Cemetery Caretaker $34,743.05 $20,599
87 Health Aid and Technician $34,777.43 $22
88 Mobile Equipment Servicing $34,913.50 $26,609
89 Supply Cleric and Technician $35,038.90 $1,476
90 Laundry Machine Operator $35,042.57 $18,700
91 $35,144.00 $34,985
92 Road Sweeper Operator $35,722.50 $29,364
93 Social Science Student Trainee $35,881.18 $17,911
94 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $35,894.97 $19,168
95 Medical Records Technician $35,930.78 $375
96 Communications Cleric $35,941.42 $21,257
97 Voucher Examiner $36,086.19 $21,257
98 Tractor Operator $36,386.60 $200
99 Explosives Operator $36,418.00 $36,418
100 Farmer $36,439.06 $21,246

Data Sources

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