Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2010

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2010, ranked by average pay. In 2010, the worst paying job was "Barbering," with an average yearly pay of $8,205. The second worst paying job, "Elevator Operating," follows with an average of $20,105, which is a 145.03% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Barber $8,205.29 $150
2 Elevator Operator $20,105.00 $19,827
3 Sales Store Clerk $21,374.37 $15,402
4 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $26,035.33 $23,145
5 Agricultural Commodity Aid $26,476.88 $22,851
6 Messenger $28,054.32 $22,851
7 Supply Student Trainee $29,456.18 $22,851
8 Food Service Worker $30,934.51 $540
9 Guide $30,955.50 $20,324
10 Information Receptionist $31,205.44 $382
11 Laundry Worker $31,252.60 $18,053
12 Plant Protection Technician $31,460.44 $20,515
13 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $31,815.00 $31,815
14 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $32,285.60 $20,324
15 Custodial Worker $32,294.55 $300
16 Laborer $32,720.68 $1,600
17 Wiper $33,036.33 $32,532
18 Insects Production Worker $33,080.09 $22,289
19 Mail and File Employee $33,407.49 $500
20 Ofc Automation Clerk and Assistant $33,505.70 $297
21 Biological Science Student Trainee $33,813.06 $20,324
22 Data Transcriber $33,853.27 $250
23 Ordinary Seaman $33,897.67 $32,532
24 Library and Archives Student Trainee $33,940.73 $25,933
25 Medical and Health Student Trainee $34,190.41 $20,324
26 Telephone Operator $34,243.05 $22,851
27 Financial Management Student Trainee $34,329.13 $22,115
28 Transportation Student Trainee $34,619.53 $25,800
29 Clerk-Typist $34,911.00 $22,115
30 Investigation Student Trainee $35,686.65 $24,933
31 Business and Industry Student Trainee $35,731.04 $22,851
32 Miscellaneous Personal Services $35,760.50 $33,517
33 Recreation Aid and Assistant $36,079.00 $20,324
34 General Student Trainee $36,146.74 $24,310
35 Nursing Assistant $36,222.28 $300
36 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $36,394.31 $24,865
37 Language Clerk $36,450.57 $27,990
38 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $36,540.88 $23,756
39 Second Cook $36,605.23 $36,193
40 Store Worker $36,681.00 $36,606
41 Range Technician $36,801.10 $22,851
42 Sewing Machine Operator $37,078.26 $26,755
43 Able Seaman $37,151.14 $34,291
44 Physical Science Student Trainee $37,180.48 $22,851
45 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $37,206.45 $25,500
46 Medical Support Assistant $37,447.17 $150
47 Statistical Assistant $37,727.18 $24,933
48 Insurance Accountant $37,765.17 $30,010
49 Equipment Operator $37,810.51 $352
50 Forestry Technician $37,869.14 $400
51 Biological Science Technician $37,929.32 $765
52 Information Technology Student Trainee $38,013.83 $22,115
53 Autopsy Assistant $38,019.50 $27,990
54 Oiler $38,196.60 $37,704
55 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $38,593.12 $26,922
56 Laboratory Worker $38,932.67 $25,503
57 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $39,068.39 $25,083
58 Medical Technician $39,082.17 $118
59 Information and Arts Student Trainee $39,109.99 $24,933
60 Cash Processer $39,188.46 $100
61 Communications Clerk $39,410.91 $27,990
62 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $39,569.83 $39,120
63 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $39,574.71 $32,532
64 Correspondence Clerk $39,622.60 $24,933
65 Dispatcher $39,675.02 $24,933
66 Education Student Trainee $39,841.88 $24,933
67 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $39,904.95 $20,324
68 Social Science Aid and Technician $39,921.07 $306
69 Dental Assistant $39,923.63 $22,851
70 Security Guard $40,042.57 $20,434
71 Compliance Inspector $40,043.76 $500
72 Pharmacy Technician $40,437.29 $100
73 Animal Caretaker $40,439.26 $24,564
74 Art Specialist $40,499.50 $38,790
75 Telecommunications Processer $40,610.27 $27,990
76 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $40,795.43 $76
77 Soil Conservation Technician $40,922.91 $20,324
78 Engine Utilityman $40,943.60 $40,442
79 Social Services Aid and Assistant $41,104.12 $24,933
80 Survey Technician $41,262.85 $22,851
81 Health Aid and Technician $41,343.58 $150
82 Irrigation System Operator $41,720.32 $27,990
83 Supply Clerk and Technician $41,871.83 $115
84 Voucher Examiner $41,903.66 $27,990
85 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $41,929.04 $24,933
86 Veterinary Student Trainee $42,118.75 $27,130
87 Laboratory Support Worker $42,199.67 $34,582
88 Laundry Machine Operator $42,261.48 $23,270
89 Economics Assistant $42,649.24 $24,933
90 Tools and Parts Attendant $42,680.36 $30,408
91 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $42,717.89 $25,675
92 Cemetery Caretaker $42,813.77 $25,494
93 Farmer $42,841.45 $22,790
94 Social Science Student Trainee $42,920.48 $21,686
95 Security Clerk and Assistant $43,066.16 $1,600
96 Miscellaneous Lens and Crystal Work $43,082.00 $43,082
97 Seaman/Fisherman $43,570.02 $35,018
98 Mobile Equipment Servicing $43,574.53 $32,808
99 Food Inspector $43,696.65 $31,315
100 Miscellaneous Plant and Animal Work $43,785.43 $27,089

Data Sources

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