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Nurse - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Nurse"

How much does a Nurse in the federal government get paid? $75,331.13* *Based on the 2008 average.

Nurse was the 4th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 53,911 employed. The most common payscale was the nursing payscale.

In 2008, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Nurse, with an average salary of $76,547.

Government Nurse jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions that require a professional knowledge of nursing. Positions involve providing care to patients in hospitals, clinics, occupational health units, homes, schools and communities; administering anesthetic agents and supportive treatments to patients undergoing surgery or other medical procedures; promoting better health practices; teaching; performing research in one or more phases of the field of nursing; or consulting and advising nurses who provide direct care to patients.

Agencies that have hired a Nurse

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 47,981 $76,546.94
Indian Health Service 1,990 $65,887.04
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1,957 $51,540.03
National Institutes of Health 976 $85,156.89
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 519 $62,720.31
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 98 $88,460.19
Food and Drug Administration 52 $112,216.90
Federal Bureau of Investigation 43 $81,217.53
Department of State 34 $88,000.18
Social Security Administration 27 $71,856.15
Forest Service 26 $54,425.62
Peace Corps 24 $87,476.25
Armed Forces Retirement Home 24 $80,581.29
U.S. Coast Guard 17 $59,043.82
Federal Aviation Administration 16 $73,273.44
Health Resources and Services Administration 15 $97,829.80
Employment Standards Administration 13 $86,885.00
Bureau of Reclamation 12 $58,777.00
Customs and Border Protection 11 $84,852.09
Bureau of the Census 9 $66,872.78
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $90,894.13
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 $84,661.50
Transportation Security Administration 5 $85,859.40
U.S. Mint 4 $71,803.50
Department of Energy 4 $60,947.25
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $72,455.00
Program Support Center 3 $75,191.33
Government Printing Office 3 $70,260.33
Office of Personnel Management 3 $75,037.00
Departmental Administration 3 $75,669.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3 $70,568.33
Bureau of the Public Debt 2 $54,940.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $95,043.50
Farm Service Agency 2 $67,209.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $121,182.50
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $92,401.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $84,220.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $81,089.00
Indian Affairs 1 $34,778.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $72,090.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $72,843.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $67,861.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $100,475.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 1 $64,482.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $67,875.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $58,557.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $139,600.00

Nurse Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Nurse is $75,331.13. The highest paid Nurse made $188,320 in 2008.

Common Nurse Payscales

Payscale Number of Nurse Employees
VN - Nursing 40,675
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7,840
GS - General Schedule 4,839
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 455
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 24
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 23
EG - Consultant (other) 20
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 14
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
ZA - Administrative 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 3
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 2
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 2
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 2
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1
CY - Contract Education--school Year 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 1

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Average Nurse Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Nurse was $64,889. Since then, the average pay has increased to $96,694 in 2020.

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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The series code of this occupation is 0610.

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