Nurse - Federal Salaries of 2019
Pay Rates for "Nurse"How much does a Nurse in the federal government get paid? $92,723.68* *Based on the 2019 average.
Nurse was the most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 80,044 employed. The most common payscale was the nursing payscale.
In 2019, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Nurse, with an average salary of $93,350.
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.
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
Nurse Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Nurse is $92,723.68. The highest paid Nurse made $220,000 in 2019.
Common Nurse Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Nurse Employees|
|VN - Nursing||68,339|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||6,144|
|GS - General Schedule||4,796|
|GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate||669|
|FP - Foreign Service Personnel||32|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||32|
|SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives||7|
|FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan||7|
|NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section||3|
|RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose||3|
|RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment||2|
|SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified||2|
|PU - Government Printing Office, White-collar, 10% Night Rate||2|
|PG - Printing Office Grades||2|
|GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule||1|
|ZA - Administrative||1|
|CY - Contract Education--school Year||1|
|NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path||1|
|Occupation Family:||0600 MEDICAL, HOSPITAL, DENTAL, AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUP|
Average Nurse Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021
In 2004, the average pay for a Nurse was $64,889. Since then, the average pay has increased to $100,959 in 2021.
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