Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2005

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2005, ranked by average pay. In 2005, the worst paying job was "Barbering," with an average yearly pay of $7,767. The second worst paying job, "Sales Store Clerical," follows with an average of $18,359, which is a 136.37% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Barber $7,767.44 $165
2 Sales Store Clerk $18,359.28 $13,419
3 Agricultural Commodity Aid $23,775.86 $20,117
4 Copyright and Patent Student Trainee $24,641.00 $24,641
5 Wiper $24,789.17 $24,783
6 Ordinary Seaman $24,795.33 $24,783
7 Laundry Worker $27,100.22 $16,133
8 Food Service Worker $27,184.03 $200
9 Guide $27,442.16 $20,117
10 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $27,468.98 $17,893
11 Laborer $27,490.15 $16,049
12 Plant Protection Technician $27,546.36 $17,893
13 Second Cook $27,631.20 $27,579
14 Information Receptionist $27,634.16 $17,893
15 Insects Production Worker $27,724.49 $16,049
16 Supply Student Trainee $27,895.00 $24,641
17 Custodial Worker $28,000.04 $250
18 Biological Science Student Trainee $28,050.59 $17,893
19 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $28,761.25 $24,783
20 Financial Management Student Trainee $28,820.97 $18,575
21 Oiler $28,848.60 $28,732
22 Ofc Automation Clerk and Assistant $29,198.75 $139
23 Medical and Health Student Trainee $29,544.46 $2,584
24 Mail and File Employee $29,667.44 $200
25 Able Seaman $29,735.25 $26,677
26 Telephone Operator $29,906.72 $21,950
27 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $29,944.00 $29,809
28 Data Transcriber $30,060.90 $20,117
29 Recreation Aid and Assistant $30,367.67 $16,616
30 Messenger $30,738.82 $17,893
31 Library and Archives Student Trainee $30,938.46 $22,056
32 General Student Trainee $31,120.64 $18,686
33 Engine Utilityman $31,164.00 $30,806
34 Business and Industry Student Trainee $31,216.06 $20,117
35 Transportation Student Trainee $31,317.23 $22,903
36 Range Technician $31,370.66 $20,117
37 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $31,515.77 $20,117
38 Nursing Assistant $31,564.96 $50
39 Miscellaneous Personal Services $31,576.50 $30,408
40 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $31,626.72 $20,117
41 Investigation Student Trainee $31,669.72 $800
42 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $31,825.58 $20,117
43 Safety Technician $31,869.36 $21,950
44 Seaman/Fisherman $32,143.43 $24,820
45 Physical Science Student Trainee $32,270.88 $19,647
46 Laboratory Worker $32,339.82 $22,080
47 Medical Support Assistant $32,406.85 $43
48 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $32,490.17 $19,647
49 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $32,591.11 $19,388
50 Sewing Machine Operator $32,730.36 $22,164
51 Dispatcher $32,998.81 $184
52 Clerk-Typist $33,033.09 $18,007
53 Store Worker $33,058.00 $33,058
54 Education Student Trainee $33,206.29 $24,641
55 Equipment Operator $33,384.06 $20,184
56 Security Guard $33,460.93 $16,616
57 Biological Science Technician $33,540.67 $16,016
58 Information and Arts Student Trainee $33,563.46 $21,950
59 Correspondence Clerk $33,571.89 $24,677
60 Oiler Diesel $33,601.00 $33,601
61 Forestry Technician $33,647.30 $382
62 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $33,649.33 $31,755
63 Unlicensed Junior Engineer $33,750.40 $33,740
64 Insurance Accountant $33,809.00 $26,202
65 Dental Assistant $33,824.14 $3,333
66 Statistical Assistant $33,890.36 $23,901
67 Cash Processer $34,004.74 $21,950
68 Chief Cook $34,071.00 $34,032
69 Animal Caretaker $34,325.31 $22,101
70 Education and Training Technician $34,407.03 $2,250
71 Medical Technician $34,443.12 $19,537
72 Rubber Equipment Repairman $34,519.00 $34,519
73 Telecommunications Processer $34,534.58 $22,681
74 Pharmacy Technician $34,617.54 $17,996
75 Soil Conservation Technician $35,068.99 $17,893
76 Autopsy Assistant $35,140.56 $24,677
77 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $35,143.64 $310
78 Miscellaneous Plant and Animal Work $35,166.13 $25,524
79 $35,309.25 $34,985
80 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $35,311.46 $17,893
81 Information Technology Student Trainee $35,532.63 $160
82 Irrigation System Operator $35,566.24 $21,950
83 Laboratory Support Worker $35,703.54 $26,693
84 Social Science Aid and Technician $35,792.85 $17,893
85 Cemetery Caretaker $35,795.04 $20,181
86 Social Services Aid and Assistant $35,906.52 $20,117
87 Health Aid and Technician $36,104.67 $150
88 Laundry Machine Operator $36,189.43 $19,326
89 Supply Clerk and Technician $36,334.96 $200
90 Paper Pulping Machine Operator $36,347.20 $35,145
91 Printing Clerk $36,429.55 $20,117
92 Mobile Equipment Servicing $36,685.65 $26,588
93 Surveying Technician $36,690.91 $17,893
94 Voucher Examiner $36,723.81 $24,641
95 Communications Clerk $36,915.21 $28,489
96 Chief Steward $37,101.63 $32,835
97 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $37,186.88 $20,117
98 Medical Records Technician $37,647.84 $200
99 Road Sweeper Operator $37,663.33 $31,493
100 Veterinary Student Trainee $37,844.40 $34,149

Data Sources

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