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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.

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 74,412 $93,350.44
Indian Health Service 1,898 $83,114.41
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 1,143 $63,295.48
National Institutes of Health 1,083 $103,071.93
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 872 $78,518.10
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 158 $106,712.66
Federal Bureau of Investigation 65 $104,060.86
Department of State 50 $120,092.94
Forest Service 39 $65,833.49
Food and Drug Administration 38 $123,706.32
Customs and Border Protection 35 $115,456.40
Peace Corps 32 $107,537.23
Armed Forces Retirement Home 25 $81,487.12
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 23 $106,254.43
Department of Veterans Affairs 21 $111,768.90
U.S. Coast Guard 18 $74,772.17
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 17 $112,731.35
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 15 $96,762.60
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $120,123.56
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 9 $116,232.67
Bureau of the Census 8 $77,263.00
Transportation Security Administration 7 $114,749.00
Federal Aviation Administration 7 $108,020.14
Program Support Center 6 $118,587.67
Social Security Administration 5 $92,653.60
Office of Personnel Management 5 $112,332.20
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 4 $113,219.75
Government Printing Office 4 $95,242.75
U.S. Secret Service 4 $106,608.75
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $138,246.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $87,425.00
Departmental Administration 3 $90,461.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $128,241.00
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $65,925.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $106,762.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $72,367.50
Fpac Business Center 1 $79,471.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 $105,801.00
Railroad Retirement Board 1 $107,357.00
Environmental Protection Agency 1 $92,860.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $105,642.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $78,861.00
National Park Service 1 $51,440.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 1 $100,081.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $70,598.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $77,082.00
Department of Energy 1 $0.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $58,297.00
Indian Affairs 1 $45,064.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $132,818.00

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

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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.

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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