Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2011

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2011, ranked by average pay. In 2011, the worst paying job was "Stationary-engine Operating," with an average yearly pay of $8,327. The second worst paying job, "Barbering," follows with an average of $13,954, which is a 67.58% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Stationary-engine Operator $8,326.64 $50
2 Barber $13,954.25 $120
3 Elevator Operator $19,827.00 $19,827
4 Sales Store Clerk $21,448.57 $16,571
5 Agricultural Commodity Aid $26,537.97 $22,851
6 Messenger $28,160.78 $22,851
7 Food Service Worker $30,918.11 $16,174
8 Guide $30,951.30 $20,324
9 Laundry Worker $31,189.36 $18,783
10 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $31,252.50 $26,401
11 Information Receptionist $31,698.56 $22,851
12 Plant Protection Technician $32,295.86 $20,324
13 Custodial Worker $32,473.82 $300
14 Laborer $32,957.05 $200
15 Library and Archives Student Trainee $33,009.96 $25,764
16 Wiper $33,060.67 $32,532
17 Insects Production Worker $33,188.51 $23,228
18 Transportation Student Trainee $33,214.14 $24,624
19 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $33,234.33 $31,315
20 Medical and Health Student Trainee $33,929.09 $20,992
21 Ofc Automation Clerk and Assistant $33,977.81 $152
22 Mail and File Employee $34,074.53 $200
23 Clerk-Typist $34,162.90 $22,115
24 Data Transcriber $34,242.94 $1,700
25 Telephone Operator $34,316.43 $24,933
26 Biological Science Student Trainee $34,338.43 $20,324
27 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $34,629.27 $20,324
28 Supply Student Trainee $34,902.31 $27,990
29 Ordinary Seaman $35,500.00 $35,500
30 Financial Management Student Trainee $35,518.37 $22,115
31 Business and Industry Student Trainee $35,980.04 $1,250
32 Nursing Assistant $36,241.50 $120
33 Second Cook $36,506.71 $36,193
34 Investigation Student Trainee $36,568.40 $25,764
35 Language Clerk $36,646.64 $24,933
36 Miscellaneous Personal Services $36,687.00 $35,208
37 General Student Trainee $36,770.37 $500
38 Recreation Aid and Assistant $36,770.85 $20,324
39 Range Technician $36,912.05 $22,851
40 Sewing Machine Operator $37,063.87 $25,378
41 Medical Support Assistant $37,585.56 $785
42 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $37,592.04 $350
43 Autopsy Assistant $37,900.21 $27,990
44 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $37,944.21 $22,851
45 Oiler $38,000.20 $37,704
46 Equipment Operator $38,031.50 $22,851
47 Store Worker $38,127.50 $36,606
48 Information and Arts Student Trainee $38,149.26 $24,865
49 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $38,280.81 $24,933
50 Physical Science Student Trainee $38,358.26 $21,124
51 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $38,600.47 $24,933
52 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $38,631.92 $32,532
53 Biological Science Technician $38,644.92 $742
54 Forestry Technician $38,659.73 $408
55 Statistical Assistant $38,744.45 $27,990
56 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $38,788.68 $26,922
57 Laboratory Worker $38,788.92 $25,962
58 Information Technology Student Trainee $38,909.34 $20,733
59 Insurance Accountant $38,920.85 $31,865
60 Cash Processer $38,931.85 $23,640
61 Medical Technician $39,170.78 $22,269
62 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $39,432.44 $39,120
63 Compliance Inspector $39,664.11 $1,500
64 Able Seaman $39,789.90 $35,018
65 Dispatcher $40,209.58 $24,933
66 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $40,317.83 $350
67 Telecommunications Processer $40,468.86 $24,933
68 Animal Caretaker $40,508.01 $26,588
69 Security Guard $40,530.14 $21,741
70 Engine Utilityman $40,587.13 $40,442
71 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $40,592.51 $100
72 Correspondence Clerk $40,622.53 $24,933
73 Communications Clerk $40,675.47 $28,922
74 Social Science Aid and Technician $40,745.02 $445
75 Livestock Ranching/Wrangling $40,759.00 $40,759
76 Dental Assistant $40,809.35 $22,851
77 Pharmacy Technician $40,880.06 $325
78 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $40,973.61 $27,990
79 Soil Conservation Technician $41,164.25 $20,324
80 Survey Technician $41,352.92 $500
81 Social Services Aid and Assistant $41,511.59 $1,114
82 Farmer $41,514.19 $23,207
83 Health Aid and Technician $41,701.41 $300
84 Irrigation System Operator $41,865.80 $24,933
85 Supply Clerk and Technician $41,871.58 $500
86 Laundry Machine Operator $41,917.61 $500
87 Copyright and Patent Student Trainee $41,982.00 $41,982
88 Education Student Trainee $42,034.66 $27,595
89 Security Clerk and Assistant $42,313.89 $1,050
90 Voucher Examiner $42,575.57 $24,933
91 Economics Assistant $42,605.57 $24,933
92 Laboratory Support Worker $42,639.15 $35,127
93 Tools and Parts Attendant $42,989.73 $31,639
94 Cemetery Caretaker $42,995.53 $24,209
95 Veterinary Student Trainee $43,056.56 $27,130
96 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $43,199.59 $333
97 Environmental Protection Assistant $43,202.28 $20,324
98 Miscellaneous General Equipment Maintenance Worker $43,328.86 $100
99 Social Science Student Trainee $43,503.48 $23,395
100 Food Inspector $43,556.00 $30,020

Data Sources

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