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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2008

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2008, ranked by average pay. In 2008, the worst paying job was "Deck Midshipman," with an average yearly pay of $10,681. The second worst paying job, "Barbering," follows with an average of $13,036, which is a 22.05% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Deck Midshipman $10,681.00 $10,681
2 Barber $13,036.25 $100
3 Elevator Operator $19,480.00 $19,259
4 Sales Store Clerk $20,163.74 $15,131
5 Copyright and Patent Student Trainee $23,667.00 $23,667
6 Agricultural Commodity Aid $25,100.72 $21,691
7 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $25,936.25 $22,748
8 Messenger $27,789.18 $21,691
9 Mathematics Technician $27,901.00 $27,423
10 Plant Protection Technician $28,505.22 $19,165
11 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $28,976.58 $19,165
12 Laundry Worker $29,169.03 $17,426
13 Food Service Worker $29,239.74 $14,797
14 Guide $29,283.77 $20,075
15 Information Receptionist $29,581.48 $18
16 Laborer $30,214.03 $17,573
17 Custodial Worker $30,320.89 $17,343
18 Transportation Student Trainee $30,555.44 $22,988
19 Wiper $31,098.33 $30,590
20 Insects Production Worker $31,270.33 $20,953
21 Clerk-Typist $31,589.04 $500
22 Ordinary Seaman $31,736.00 $30,590
23 Ofc Automation Clerk and Assistant $31,752.44 $17,046
24 Biological Science Student Trainee $32,144.31 $21,691
25 Telephone Operator $32,351.66 $23,667
26 Supply Student Trainee $32,460.00 $23,736
27 Medical and Health Student Trainee $32,719.28 $21,691
28 Mail and File Employee $32,742.55 $19,293
29 Data Transcriber $32,765.51 $21,691
30 Financial Management Student Trainee $33,197.62 $20,607
31 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $33,263.07 $23,667
32 Library and Archives Student Trainee $33,782.02 $26,569
33 Nursing Assistant $33,905.20 $19,293
34 General Student Trainee $33,968.14 $21,691
35 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $34,146.36 $20,911
36 Recreation Aid and Assistant $34,290.58 $19,293
37 Second Cook $34,342.19 $34,036
38 Able Seaman $34,373.42 $32,926
39 Business and Industry Student Trainee $34,505.98 $1,250
40 Range Technician $34,546.10 $21,691
41 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $34,821.67 $23,025
42 Medical Support Assistant $34,959.44 $550
43 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $35,065.73 $22,026
44 Investigation Student Trainee $35,079.20 $23,975
45 Sewing Machine Operator $35,092.50 $24,084
46 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $35,455.72 $30,590
47 Forestry Technician $35,668.12 $687
48 Physical Science Student Trainee $35,828.15 $21,161
49 Oiler $36,056.50 $35,952
50 Compliance Inspector $36,194.35 $459
51 Language Clerk $36,199.00 $31,000
52 Miscellaneous Personal Services $36,217.00 $35,917
53 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $36,235.01 $25,065
54 Statistical Assistant $36,337.22 $26,569
55 Biological Science Technician $36,432.48 $17,046
56 Autopsy Assistant $36,436.53 $26,569
57 Equipment Operator $36,464.47 $21,691
58 Laboratory Worker $36,570.17 $24,627
59 Medical Technician $36,636.03 $20,793
60 Correspondence Clerk $36,688.82 $26,569
61 Dispatcher $36,805.62 $23,667
62 Security Guard $37,008.32 $20,021
63 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $37,198.00 $37,090
64 Dental Assistant $37,241.22 $20,911
65 Cash Processer $37,269.64 $23,667
66 Miscellaneous Lens and Crystal Work $37,458.00 $37,458
67 Insurance Accountant $37,498.58 $31,376
68 Information and Arts Student Trainee $37,505.58 $23,667
69 Animal Caretaker $37,765.43 $22,164
70 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $37,840.24 $19,293
71 Pharmacy Technician $37,873.51 $1,950
72 Information Technology Student Trainee $38,133.85 $21,691
73 Social Science Aid and Technician $38,221.69 $19,165
74 Telecommunications Processer $38,377.34 $23,667
75 Engine Utilityman $38,519.00 $38,099
76 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $38,639.48 $100
77 Social Services Aid and Assistant $38,748.89 $21,691
78 Social Science Student Trainee $38,770.01 $23,667
79 Irrigation System Operator $38,788.47 $25,245
80 Health Aid and Technician $38,842.73 $516
81 Communications Clerk $38,965.50 $27,455
82 Laboratory Support Worker $39,144.86 $33,085
83 Laundry Machine Operator $39,182.23 $19,263
84 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $39,456.88 $28,111
85 Voucher Examiner $39,507.76 $26,264
86 Supply Clerk and Technician $39,646.07 $15,673
87 Miscellaneous Plant and Animal Work $39,804.68 $25,524
88 Cemetery Caretaker $40,101.24 $23,938
89 Soil Conservation Technician $40,214.54 $19,293
90 Survey Technician $40,296.65 $21,691
91 Mechanical Parts Repairman $40,324.00 $35,667
92 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $40,635.62 $1,000
93 Food Inspector $40,925.60 $23,667
94 Seaman/Fisherman $41,113.48 $32,926
95 Tractor Operator $41,239.03 $23,834
96 Baker $41,302.00 $41,302
97 Incinerator Operator $41,303.00 $34,436
98 Economics Assistant $41,499.83 $26,569
99 Practical Nurse $41,601.09 $20,911
100 Security Clerk and Assistant $41,644.93 $23,667

Data Sources

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