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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2012

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2012, ranked by average pay. In 2012, the worst paying job was "Testing Equipment Operating," with an average yearly pay of $500. The second worst paying job, "Sales Store Clerical," follows with an average of $21,489, which is a 4197.8% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Testing Equipment Operator $500.00 $500
2 Sales Store Clerk $21,489.42 $16,571
3 Agricultural Commodity Aid $26,479.99 $22,851
4 Stationary-engine Operator $27,434.86 $300
5 Messenger $28,669.90 $23,395
6 Food Service Worker $30,998.99 $16,174
7 Guide $31,149.46 $20,324
8 Laundry Worker $31,209.73 $18,386
9 Library and Archives Student Trainee $31,289.18 $22,851
10 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $31,315.00 $31,315
11 Information Receptionist $32,297.62 $22,851
12 Custodial Worker $32,408.49 $17,113
13 Wiper $32,532.00 $32,532
14 Biological Science Student Trainee $32,572.30 $20,324
15 Insects Production Worker $32,666.84 $22,489
16 Plant Protection Technician $32,897.26 $20,324
17 Laborer $33,082.94 $100
18 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $33,305.15 $2,400
19 Investigation Student Trainee $33,527.99 $22,851
20 Telephone Operator $33,797.18 $24,933
21 Medical and Health Student Trainee $33,976.27 $21,690
22 Supply Student Trainee $34,069.33 $20,324
23 Clerk-Typist $34,087.43 $22,115
24 Language Clerk $34,139.63 $24,933
25 General Student Trainee $34,306.69 $20,324
26 Physical Science Student Trainee $34,374.53 $20,324
27 Mail and File Employee $34,565.59 $100
28 Data Transcriber $34,668.78 $24,933
29 Ofc Automation Clerk and Assistant $34,724.57 $271
30 Transportation Student Trainee $34,938.07 $24,933
31 Financial Management Student Trainee $35,290.14 $22,115
32 Ordinary Seaman $35,500.00 $35,500
33 Business and Industry Student Trainee $35,568.94 $1,600
34 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $36,073.50 $35,729
35 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $36,102.05 $22,851
36 Nursing Assistant $36,140.79 $790
37 Miscellaneous Personal Services $36,368.50 $34,729
38 Range Technician $36,459.29 $20,324
39 Second Cook $36,503.08 $36,193
40 Copyright and Patent Student Trainee $36,642.50 $30,456
41 Recreation Aid and Assistant $36,714.17 $20,324
42 Sewing Machine Operator $36,920.85 $26,463
43 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $36,965.92 $23,640
44 Miscellaneous Lens and Crystal Work $37,378.00 $37,378
45 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $37,791.26 $22,851
46 Equipment Operator $37,794.12 $761
47 Statistical Assistant $37,945.80 $27,990
48 Autopsy Assistant $37,958.13 $27,990
49 Oiler $37,986.29 $37,704
50 Information and Arts Student Trainee $38,138.50 $21,426
51 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $38,184.08 $25,415
52 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $38,401.99 $32,532
53 Laboratory Worker $38,461.68 $25,962
54 Medical Support Assistant $38,553.17 $79
55 Miscellaneous General Services and Support Worker $38,611.86 $23,082
56 Forestry Technician $38,648.50 $1,000
57 Communications Clerk $38,669.50 $27,990
58 Store Worker $38,818.50 $38,088
59 Information Technology Student Trainee $38,831.66 $500
60 Education Student Trainee $38,984.03 $27,990
61 Biological Science Technician $39,002.36 $742
62 Cash Processer $39,156.09 $300
63 Telecommunications Processer $39,209.74 $24,933
64 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $39,224.14 $26,922
65 Medical Technician $39,510.81 $22,821
66 Veterinary Student Trainee $39,558.90 $27,123
67 Insurance Accountant $39,713.18 $33,007
68 Compliance Inspector $39,823.08 $22,115
69 Able Seaman $40,032.51 $39,120
70 Able Seaman (Maintenance) $40,272.00 $40,272
71 Correspondence Clerk $40,342.60 $26,114
72 Irrigation System Operator $40,347.89 $24,933
73 Engine Utilityman $40,474.00 $40,442
74 Social Science Aid and Technician $40,639.46 $24,933
75 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $40,758.84 $20,324
76 Animal Caretaker $40,873.69 $26,651
77 Dental Assistant $40,948.86 $22,851
78 Pharmacy Technician $41,101.46 $22,851
79 Security Guard $41,130.38 $21,741
80 Dispatcher $41,415.59 $27,426
81 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $41,507.06 $150
82 Social Services Aid and Assistant $41,554.04 $24,933
83 Health Aid and Technician $41,591.84 $153
84 Supply Clerk and Technician $41,637.23 $60
85 Laboratory Support Worker $41,851.25 $37,860
86 Art Specialist $41,907.00 $38,790
87 Laundry Machine Operator $42,024.06 $500
88 Soil Conservation Technician $42,030.78 $20,324
89 Security Clerk and Assistant $42,500.12 $200
90 General Telecommunications Employee $42,629.64 $22,272
91 Voucher Examiner $42,647.82 $28,711
92 Cemetery Caretaker $42,736.07 $24,209
93 Farmer $42,896.50 $24,105
94 Economics Assistant $42,927.44 $30,456
95 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $42,935.97 $27,990
96 Survey Technician $43,202.02 $22,851
97 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $43,348.24 $24,933
98 Seaman/Fisherman $43,437.08 $35,683
99 Food Inspector $43,656.52 $31,315
100 Social Science Student Trainee $43,675.44 $22,851

Data Sources

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