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Lowest Paid 100 Federal Occupations in 2018

This table shows the top 100 least well-paid occupations in the federal government in 2018, ranked by average pay. In 2018, the worst paying job was "Sales Store Clerical," with an average yearly pay of $23,581. The second worst paying job, "Agricultural Commodity Aid," follows with an average of $27,905, which is a 18.34% increase.

Rank Occupation Title Average Pay Lowest Paid Individual
1 Sales Store Clerk $23,581.43 $16,696
2 Agricultural Commodity Aid $27,904.59 $23,966
3 Messenger $29,006.00 $24,367
4 Biological Science Student Trainee $30,009.66 $21,316
5 Miscellaneous Personal Services $30,214.04 $19,367
6 Miscellaneous Food Preparer and Server $30,764.60 $26,964
7 Data Transcriber $32,571.24 $24,076
8 General Student Trainee $32,575.83 $21,672
9 Business and Industry Student Trainee $32,625.95 $24,367
10 Laundry Worker $32,807.32 $19,639
11 Food Service Worker $33,096.55 $17,468
12 $33,572.89 $21,316
13 Custodial Worker $34,035.43 $19,305
14 Mail and File Employee $34,194.74 $24,028
15 Guide $34,527.77 $21,672
16 Wiper $34,692.00 $34,692
17 Plant Protection Technician $34,869.64 $24,367
18 Information Receptionist $34,961.09 $25,592
19 Physical Science Student Trainee $35,234.99 $21,672
20 Telephone Operator $35,532.93 $26,150
21 $35,657.17 $26,587
22 Laborer $35,779.91 $20,077
23 Supply Student Trainee $36,074.17 $29,847
24 $36,650.05 $24,948
25 Insects Production Worker $36,668.76 $27,861
26 Range Technician $36,906.45 $24,367
27 Medical and Health Student Trainee $37,219.13 $10,116
28 Communications Clerk $38,399.79 $29,356
29 Recreation Aid and Assistant $38,553.77 $24,367
30 Language Clerk $38,790.00 $28,359
31 Second Cook $38,913.71 $38,596
32 Nursing Assistant $39,027.09 $26,150
33 Forestry Technician $39,305.02 $21,672
34 Laboratory Worker $39,360.83 $27,256
35 Information and Arts Student Trainee $39,442.70 $23,966
36 Investigation Student Trainee $39,893.91 $28,431
37 Sewing Machine Operator $39,909.61 $30,053
38 Statistical Assistant $40,008.30 $29,356
39 Information Technology Student Trainee $40,221.52 $24,049
40 Miscellaneous General Services and Support Worker $40,254.33 $24,126
41 Library and Archives Student Trainee $40,323.23 $29,548
42 Financial Management Student Trainee $40,405.28 $25,553
43 Oiler $40,407.83 $40,207
44 $40,634.00 $40,634
45 Medical Technician $40,645.20 $26,150
46 Clerk-Typist $40,746.00 $24,087
47 Biological Science Technician $40,777.23 $21,316
48 $40,803.21 $23,966
49 Telecommunications Processer $40,834.31 $29,847
50 Store Worker $41,197.00 $41,197
51 $41,323.15 $23,966
52 Miscellaneous Vessel Jobs $41,579.06 $34,122
53 Medical Support Assistant $41,747.58 $26,150
54 Able Seaman $42,199.36 $41,032
55 Cash Processer $42,392.67 $29,245
56 Supply Clerk and Technician $42,888.78 $17,886
57 Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant $42,982.25 $9,485
58 Legal Occupations Student Trainee $43,050.85 $25,880
59 Irrigation System Operator $43,078.38 $27,473
60 Engine Utilityman $43,126.00 $43,126
61 $43,142.63 $28,717
62 Equipment Operator $43,229.36 $29,847
63 Education Student Trainee $43,327.73 $32,145
64 Dispatcher $43,353.92 $26,587
65 Laundry Machine Operator $43,381.60 $24,439
66 $43,471.55 $26,587
67 Security Guard $43,795.36 $26,150
68 Social Services Aid and Assistant $43,985.61 $26,587
69 Aircraft Attendent $44,238.29 $36,376
70 Dental Assistant $44,416.54 $24,367
71 Medical Supply Aide and Technician $44,554.32 $26,288
72 Animal Caretaker $44,635.55 $29,051
73 Survey Technician $44,664.54 $26,587
74 Pharmacy Technician $44,808.64 $23,966
75 Transportation Clerk and Assistant $45,190.93 $31,114
76 Voucher Examiner $45,396.47 $29,847
77 Social Science Student Trainee $45,453.05 $24,014
78 Laboratory Support Worker $45,529.09 $42,909
79 $45,664.00 $45,664
80 Civilian $45,667.43 $29,847
81 General Telecommunications Employee $46,060.83 $36,909
82 Health Aid and Technician $46,062.98 $23,945
83 Cemetery Caretaker $46,498.08 $23,395
84 Packing $46,576.06 $38,839
85 Tractor Operator $46,808.99 $28,300
86 Veterinary Student Trainee $46,828.61 $26,587
87 Security Clerk and Assistant $47,054.70 $29,356
88 Economics Assistant $47,060.54 $29,548
89 Tax Examiner $47,093.85 $29,356
90 Art Specialist $47,191.50 $46,879
91 Unlicensed Junior Engineer $47,371.09 $47,225
92 Transportation Student Trainee $47,374.00 $47,374
93 Hazardous Waste Disposer $47,529.93 $38,004
94 Food Inspector $47,573.46 $32,844
95 Claims Assistance and Examining Personnel $47,610.77 $29,847
96 Motor Vehicle Operator $47,611.26 $24,230
97 Soil Conservation Technician $47,623.03 $24,367
98 Tools and Parts Attendant $47,636.29 $30,199
99 Human Resources Assistance $47,798.04 $29,433
100 Financial Clerk and Assistant $47,862.02 $29,847

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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