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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2015

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2015, ranked by average pay. In 2015, the worst paying job was "Sales Store Clerical," with an average yearly pay of $21,403. The second worst paying job, "Quality Inspection Student Trainee," follows with an average of $24,261, which is a 13.35% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Sales Store Cleric $21,403.47 $16,779
2 Quality Inspection Student Trainee $24,261.13 $22,118
3 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $27,074.85 $23,980
4 Agricultural Commodity Aid $27,508.85 $23,310
5 Messenger $30,697.23 $25,575
6 Biological Science Student Trainee $31,376.20 $20,733
7 Food Service Worker $31,376.56 $16,508
8 Library and Archives Student Trainee $31,748.03 $25,434
9 Laundry Worker $31,789.30 $18,762
10 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee $32,021.02 $78
11 General Student Trainee $32,042.93 $20,733
12 Custodial Worker $32,857.44 $350
13 Guide $32,949.83 $20,733
14 Wiper $33,187.00 $33,187
15 Supply Student Trainee $33,602.56 $20,733
16 Copyright and Patent Student Trainee $33,831.67 $31,069
17 Plant Protection Technician $33,931.58 $20,733
18 Physical Science Student Trainee $34,307.97 $20,733
19 Information Receptionist $34,434.86 $23,310
20 Laborer $34,670.44 $19,367
21 Investigation Student Trainee $35,385.26 $26,682
22 Mail and File Employee $35,420.34 $23,310
23 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $35,420.73 $23,310
24 Data Transcriber $35,440.67 $25,434
25 Business and Industry Student Trainee $35,587.86 $23,310
26 Insects Production Worker $35,613.79 $26,442
27 Telephone Operator $35,697.76 $25,434
28 Equipment and Facilities Management Student Trainee $35,825.86 $24,664
29 Store Worker $35,938.00 $35,938
30 Medical and Health Student Trainee $36,480.47 $22,279
31 Financial Management Student Trainee $36,730.52 $22,560
32 Nursing Assistant $36,870.43 $21,426
33 Human Resources Management Student Trainne $36,877.44 $23,310
34 Miscellaneous General Services and Support Worker $36,935.98 $23,061
35 Second Cook $37,118.95 $36,555
36 Range Technician $37,310.97 $23,310
37 Sewing Machine Operator $37,568.35 $27,548
38 Recreation Aid and Assistant $37,609.59 $20,733
39 Clerk-Typist $37,636.78 $22,560
40 Stationary-engine Operator $37,662.13 $100
41 Language Cleric $37,827.15 $25,434
42 Information Technology Student Trainee $37,830.63 $22,560
43 Education Student Trainee $37,865.40 $29,505
44 Communications Cleric $37,956.65 $28,553
45 Miscellaneous Personal Services $38,101.33 $36,710
46 Laboratory Worker $38,263.19 $26,234
47 Statistical Assistant $38,596.54 $28,553
48 Oiler $38,723.17 $38,463
49 Forestry Technician $38,883.96 $1,000
50 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $38,893.34 $33,187
51 Autopsy Assistant $38,987.00 $28,553
52 Engineer and Architecture Student Trainee $39,009.57 $22,560
53 Exhibits Maker/Modeler $39,025.00 $39,025
54 Ofc Automation Cleric and Assistant $39,026.23 $22,560
55 Equipment Operator $39,456.54 $28,553
56 Medical Support Assistant $39,606.60 $100
57 Medical Technician $39,648.84 $25,434
58 Insurance Accountant $39,896.13 $30,600
59 Information and Arts Student Trainee $39,990.12 $26,282
60 Telecommunications Processer $40,066.05 $23,310
61 Biological Science Technician $40,105.60 $20,324
62 Veterinary Student Trainee $40,914.05 $25,434
63 Cash Processer $41,024.14 $20,479
64 Dispatcher $41,066.21 $28,553
65 Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operator $41,223.49 $27,486
66 Able Seaman $41,534.30 $39,907
67 Irrigation System Operator $41,537.43 $27,130
68 Animal Caretaker $41,538.72 $25,628
69 Engine Utilityman $41,552.00 $41,255
70 Correspondence Clerk $41,728.00 $29,505
71 Voucher Examiner $41,762.66 $30,572
72 Security Cleric and Assistant $41,862.06 $28,553
73 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $42,006.73 $24,421
74 Security Guard $42,010.89 $459
75 Social Services Aid and Assistant $42,088.87 $650
76 Dental Assistant $42,098.57 $23,310
77 Pharmacy Technician $42,282.36 $23,310
78 Supply Cleric and Technician $42,314.03 $75
79 Laboratory Support Worker $42,343.85 $39,298
80 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $42,403.00 $300
81 Laundry Machine Operator $42,609.24 $23,333
82 Compliance Inspector $42,700.55 $250
83 Health Aid and Technician $43,024.44 $78
84 Social Science Aid and Technician $43,053.26 $23,310
85 General Telecommunications Employee $43,378.41 $31,944
86 Cemetery Caretaker $43,821.54 $24,710
87 Mathematician and Statistics Student Trainne $43,896.29 $23,187
88 Transportation Clerk and Assistant $43,985.04 $31,944
89 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $43,991.10 $188
90 Social Science Student Trainee $44,309.09 $23,974
91 Tractor Operator $44,316.85 $31,201
92 Civilian $44,377.73 $200
93 Food Inspector $44,482.30 $31,944
94 Tools and Parts Attendant $44,539.88 $26,776
95 Transportation Student Trainee $44,642.78 $31,804
96 Hazardous Waste Disposer $44,643.36 $36,669
97 Economics Assistant $44,741.54 $31,069
98 Survey Technician $44,858.20 $23,310
99 Aircraft Attendent $44,882.29 $33,976
100 Soil Conservation Technician $45,071.28 $20,733

Data Sources

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