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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2006

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2006, ranked by average pay. In 2006, the worst paying job was "Barbering," with an average yearly pay of $11,901. The second worst paying job, "Sales Store Clerical," follows with an average of $19,066, which is a 60.21% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Barber $11,900.50 $110
2 Sales Store Clerk $19,066.42 $14,004
3 Agricultural Commodity Aid $23,727.55 $20,687
4 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $23,963.75 $19,952
5 Messenger $26,358.89 $20,687
6 Plant Protection Technician $27,038.53 $18,385
7 Insects Production Worker $27,859.70 $16,529
8 Food Service Worker $27,941.39 $13,941
9 Laundry Worker $28,078.98 $16,592
10 Guide $28,303.49 $19,145
11 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $28,349.00 $28,349
12 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $28,359.07 $18,399
13 Laborer $28,407.01 $16,529
14 Information Receptionist $28,831.43 $18,399
15 Custodial Worker $28,886.32 $16,133
16 Biological Science Student Trainee $28,900.36 $18,385
17 Wiper $28,962.00 $28,962
18 Ordinary Seaman $29,172.75 $28,962
19 Clerk-Typist $29,246.75 $19,214
20 Ofc Automation Clerk and Assistant $30,170.24 $18,385
21 Library and Archives Student Trainee $30,223.50 $22,519
22 Medical and Health Student Trainee $30,428.55 $8,632
23 Transportation Student Trainee $30,441.67 $21,800
24 Mail and File Employee $30,581.49 $75
25 Telephone Operator $30,602.97 $22,572
26 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $30,604.67 $28,349
27 Financial Management Student Trainee $30,658.86 $19,214
28 Data Transcriber $31,246.24 $20,687
29 Supply Student Trainee $31,295.83 $26,875
30 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $31,706.79 $23,354
31 Business and Industry Student Trainee $32,131.34 $20,687
32 Second Cook $32,425.28 $32,222
33 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $32,432.50 $22,572
34 Mechanical Parts Repairman $32,557.00 $32,557
35 Nursing Assistant $32,570.69 $503
36 Recreation Aid and Assistant $32,650.21 $18,027
37 Range Technician $32,999.47 $20,687
38 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $33,050.06 $22,572
39 Able Seaman $33,153.79 $31,171
40 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $33,153.99 $28,163
41 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $33,232.12 $20,687
42 Physical Science Student Trainee $33,255.78 $20,729
43 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $33,320.26 $20,687
44 Miscellaneous Personal Services $33,485.50 $32,841
45 Medical Support Assistant $33,500.52 $18,399
46 Sewing Machine Operator $33,539.95 $22,811
47 Oiler Diesel $33,601.00 $33,601
48 General Student Trainee $33,885.23 $21,602
49 Oiler $33,943.29 $33,561
50 Information and Arts Student Trainee $33,976.26 $23,270
51 Laboratory Worker $34,039.85 $22,811
52 Statistical Assistant $34,079.32 $20,060
53 Investigation Student Trainee $34,114.33 $23,571
54 Security Guard $34,387.95 $18,027
55 Equipment Operator $34,493.50 $20,687
56 Compliance Inspector $34,662.81 $698
57 Correspondence Clerk $34,869.57 $25,338
58 Dispatcher $34,877.31 $22,572
59 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $34,892.00 $34,824
60 Dental Assistant $34,911.18 $20,687
61 Biological Science Technician $34,998.60 $16,352
62 Insurance Accountant $35,016.49 $27,663
63 Cash Processer $35,179.75 $22,572
64 Forestry Technician $35,269.25 $18,385
65 Autopsy Assistant $35,294.65 $25,338
66 Medical Technician $35,311.01 $19,947
67 Animal Caretaker $35,758.12 $23,458
68 Pharmacy Technician $35,848.21 $18,399
69 Education and Training Technician $35,942.16 $16,444
70 Education Student Trainee $35,966.70 $26,460
71 Engine Utilityman $35,999.00 $35,999
72 Telecommunications Processer $36,213.83 $22,572
73 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $36,262.20 $18,399
74 Social Science Student Trainee $36,332.10 $19,284
75 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $36,532.01 $9,484
76 Soil Conservation Technician $36,603.24 $18,385
77 Miscellaneous Plant and Animal Work $36,603.36 $26,401
78 Irrigation System Operator $36,725.31 $22,572
79 Information Technology Student Trainee $36,770.75 $21,602
80 Rubber Equipment Repairman $36,940.00 $36,940
81 Laundry Machine Operator $37,087.44 $19,138
82 Social Services Aid and Assistant $37,117.39 $20,687
83 Health Aid and Technician $37,339.77 $100
84 Social Science Aid and Technician $37,408.00 $18,399
85 Communications Clerk $37,474.74 $30,240
86 Laboratory Support Worker $37,492.70 $27,528
87 Supply Clerk and Technician $37,657.91 $15,444
88 Voucher Examiner $37,669.83 $25,195
89 Cemetery Caretaker $37,681.70 $21,893
90 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $38,502.59 $22,519
91 Language Clerk $38,527.54 $29,218
92 Farmer $38,542.00 $26,776
93 Surveying Technician $38,722.63 $18,399
94 Mobile Equipment Servicing $38,930.27 $27,465
95 Baker $39,006.00 $39,006
96 Tractor Operator $39,290.23 $24,647
97 Medical Records Technician $39,331.69 $500
98 Economics Assistant $39,480.03 $25,338
99 Practical Nurse $39,484.69 $500
100 Military Personnel $39,628.42 $28,349

Data Sources

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