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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2009

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2009, ranked by average pay. In 2009, the worst paying job was "Barbering," with an average yearly pay of $13,830. The second worst paying job, "Elevator Operating," follows with an average of $19,798, which is a 43.15% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Barber $13,829.75 $371
2 Elevator Operator $19,797.60 $19,472
3 Sales Store Cleric $20,824.45 $15,673
4 Agricultural Commodity Aid $26,194.24 $22,454
5 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $27,265.25 $24,647
6 Messenger $27,995.60 $22,444
7 Plant Protection Technician $29,963.22 $19,721
8 Food Service Worker $30,315.90 $14,818
9 Laundry Worker $30,449.23 $17,426
10 Guide $30,502.64 $19,971
11 Information Receptionist $30,673.54 $306
12 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $30,909.44 $19,721
13 Custodial Worker $31,592.57 $1,250
14 Laborer $31,797.10 $18,616
15 Insects Production Worker $31,962.74 $21,830
16 Wiper $32,220.67 $31,857
17 Ofc Automation Cleric and Assistant $32,812.47 $742
18 Ordinary Seaman $32,952.25 $31,857
19 Supply Student Trainee $33,016.00 $22,454
20 Mail and File Employee $33,089.28 $150
21 Biological Science Student Trainee $33,233.53 $19,971
22 Clerk-Typist $33,265.74 $21,592
23 Transportation Student Trainee $33,268.29 $25,277
24 Telephone Operator $33,279.35 $22,454
25 Medical and Health Student Trainee $33,360.49 $19,971
26 Data Transcriber $33,535.03 $50
27 Financial Management Student Trainee $33,567.40 $21,592
28 Investigation Student Trainee $34,322.28 $24,156
29 Library and Archives Student Trainee $34,678.87 $26,591
30 Business and Industry Student Trainee $34,776.62 $1,500
31 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $35,010.17 $19,971
32 Miscellaneous Personal Services $35,312.33 $31,431
33 Nursing Assistant $35,319.19 $600
34 Statistical Assistant $35,391.45 $27,504
35 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $35,556.52 $22,454
36 Recreation Aid and Assistant $35,631.22 $19,971
37 Store Worker $35,834.00 $35,834
38 General Student Trainee $35,834.26 $22,454
39 Range Technician $35,839.20 $22,454
40 Second Cook $35,862.91 $35,445
41 Able Seaman $36,250.08 $34,291
42 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $36,430.36 $25,093
43 Forestry Technician $36,635.40 $148
44 Sewing Machine Operator $36,667.35 $25,837
45 Medical Support Assistant $36,671.94 $75
46 Physical Science Student Trainee $36,692.60 $24,156
47 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $37,163.81 $23,912
48 Dispatcher $37,256.74 $24,499
49 Biological Science Technician $37,325.93 $306
50 Autopsy Assistant $37,494.37 $27,504
51 Oiler $37,499.29 $36,923
52 Equipment Operator $37,506.62 $22,454
53 Laboratory Worker $37,950.49 $24,627
54 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $37,959.10 $31,857
55 Correspondence Clerk $38,002.33 $24,499
56 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $38,146.88 $26,275
57 Medical Technician $38,150.92 $21,396
58 Compliance Inspector $38,360.26 $750
59 Information Technology Student Trainee $38,427.27 $22,454
60 Language Cleric $38,658.67 $33,003
61 Cash Processer $38,711.08 $24,499
62 Security Guard $38,712.34 $22,016
63 Social Science Aid and Technician $38,809.34 $1,000
64 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $38,836.86 $38,310
65 Dental Assistant $38,902.14 $21,517
66 Insurance Accountant $39,026.45 $30,772
67 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $39,310.30 $19,971
68 Animal Caretaker $39,478.91 $23,082
69 Pharmacy Technician $39,545.73 $22,454
70 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $39,690.94 $100
71 Education Student Trainee $39,938.65 $24,499
72 Telecommunications Processer $39,989.10 $24,499
73 Engine Utilityman $40,134.75 $40,047
74 Information and Arts Student Trainee $40,283.79 $24,156
75 Communications Cleric $40,284.05 $27,504
76 Survey Technician $40,301.07 $22,454
77 Irrigation System Operator $40,331.53 $24,499
78 Health Aid and Technician $40,381.34 $1,000
79 Social Services Aid and Assistant $40,506.63 $22,454
80 Cemetery Caretaker $40,734.68 $22,957
81 Miscellaneous Lens and Crystal Work $40,757.00 $40,757
82 Laundry Machine Operator $40,767.18 $19,263
83 Laboratory Support Worker $40,840.30 $33,872
84 Voucher Examiner $40,866.32 $27,026
85 Supply Cleric and Technician $41,041.97 $350
86 Engineer Trainee $41,210.00 $41,210
87 Soil Conservation Technician $41,478.64 $19,721
88 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $41,648.81 $24,156
89 Social Science Student Trainee $41,675.94 $22,454
90 Security Cleric and Assistant $42,094.61 $767
91 Miscellaneous Plant and Animal Work $42,313.34 $26,547
92 Farmer $42,350.68 $22,853
93 Livestock Ranching/Wrangling $42,468.80 $31,555
94 Mechanical Parts Repairman $42,470.33 $37,691
95 Tools and Parts Attendant $42,505.39 $29,886
96 Cement Finisher $42,768.67 $31,889
97 Economics Assistant $42,769.30 $24,499
98 Tractor Operator $42,800.60 $25,712
99 Food Inspector $42,841.27 $27,026
100 Seaman/Fisherman $43,177.61 $34,291

Data Sources

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