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Nurse - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Nurse"

How much does a Nurse in the federal government get paid? $85,432.66* *Based on the 2016 average.
74,130 EMPLOYEES
$6.33B TOTAL SALARY
VN MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Nurse was the most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 74,130 employed. The most common payscale was the nursing payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Nurse, with an average salary of $86,377.

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 67,870 $86,376.56
Indian Health Service 2,004 $73,439.08
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1,642 $57,131.44
National Institutes of Health 1,138 $96,050.04
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 880 $71,911.35
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 163 $98,579.96
Federal Bureau of Investigation 58 $92,625.67
Food and Drug Administration 50 $120,607.06
Forest Service 49 $61,167.27
Department of State 48 $108,651.52
Peace Corps 30 $102,198.27
Armed Forces Retirement Home 29 $78,438.38
Health Resources and Services Administration 29 $111,718.38
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 19 $100,253.05
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 16 $87,403.75
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 15 $95,098.33
Federal Aviation Administration 9 $97,105.44
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 9 $99,821.33
Bureau of the Census 8 $76,414.75
Transportation Security Administration 7 $103,375.57
Social Security Administration 5 $70,697.40
Program Support Center 5 $92,551.00
Departmental Administration 4 $81,889.00
Office of Personnel Management 4 $101,775.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 3 $66,239.67
Government Printing Office 3 $80,178.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $117,751.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $119,316.33
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $61,313.50
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 2 $92,145.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $86,271.50
Farm Service Agency 2 $70,193.00
Department of Energy 2 $60,874.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $79,296.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2 $107,160.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $97,753.00
U.S. Mint 2 $84,430.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $91,557.00
Indian Affairs 1 $42,897.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $85,215.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $69,760.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $83,957.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $101,269.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $53,863.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $77,019.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $93,806.00

Nurse Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Nurse is $85,432.66. The highest paid Nurse made $205,300 in 2016.

Common Nurse Payscales

Payscale Number of Nurse Employees
VN - Nursing 61,723
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 6,243
GS - General Schedule 5,324
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 737
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 40
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 30
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 9
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 7
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 6
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 2
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
CY - Contract Education--school Year 1
NQ - Nnsa Professional, Technical, And Admin 1
PU - Gpo, White-collar, 10% Night Rate 1
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 1
ZA - Administrative 1

Category: N/A
Occupation Family: 0600 MEDICAL, HOSPITAL, DENTAL, AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUP

Average Nurse Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Nurse was $64,889. Since then, the average pay has increased to $88,186 in 2017.


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.

Federal employee salaries are public information under open government laws (5 U.S.C. § 552). FederalPay provides this data in the interest of government transparency — employee data may not be used for commercial soliciting or vending of any kind. Learn more about the FederalPay Employees Dataset here.

The series code of this occupation is 0610.

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