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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $51,638.30* *Based on the 2017 average.
8,360 EMPLOYEES
$419.1M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 37th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 8,360 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $46,205.

Government Secretary jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Secretary job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. 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 all positions the duties of which are to assist one individual, and in some cases the subordinate staff of that individual, by performing general office work auxiliary to the work of the organization. To be included in this occupation, a position must be the principal office clerical or administrative support position in the office, operating independently of any other such position in the office. The duties require a knowledge of clerical and administrative procedures and requirements; various office skills; and the ability to apply such skills in a way that increases the effectiveness of others. The duties do not require a technical or professional knowledge of a specialized subject-matter area. (See Digest 3 for guidance on what constitutes "specialized.")

Clerical, secretary, and administrative positions fall under this category. No specialized technical background is needed for positions in this category except for stenographers which require a proficiency exam before being hired. Strong organizational and communication skills are the primary requirements for this job category. Military experience can often be applied as relevant experience when calculating starting grade. Employees in the job category receive promotions of 1 grade increase at a time.

Agencies that have hired a Secretary

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 1,784 $46,204.50
Internal Revenue Service 1,467 $50,373.95
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 913 $53,148.04
Federal Bureau of Investigation 278 $19,575.69
Indian Health Service 246 $44,359.01
Federal Aviation Administration 231 $54,565.50
Department of State 214 $61,735.70
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 154 $58,055.99
Drug Enforcement Administration 152 $40,111.76
Environmental Protection Agency 138 $61,866.86
National Institutes of Health 109 $62,479.10
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 106 $76,664.67
Indian Affairs 105 $44,809.80
Bureau of Reclamation 100 $47,740.39
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 95 $59,925.12
National Labor Relations Board 94 $56,253.88
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 94 $3,704.53
Natural Resources Conservation Service 91 $53,256.15
National Park Service 90 $51,285.72
Offices, Boards and Divisions 80 $60,752.53
Social Security Administration 76 $52,491.33
Department of Energy 72 $58,898.18
Bureau of Land Management 71 $53,239.65
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 69 $56,334.36
Agricultural Research Service 69 $51,958.36
Forest Service 62 $54,085.45
National Institute of Standards and Technology 59 $59,833.44
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 52 $58,178.02
Geological Survey 47 $57,266.68
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 45 $50,318.84
Goddard Space Flight Center 44 $54,536.30
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 43 $55,491.49
Mine Safety and Health Administration 40 $50,683.58
Office of Comptroller of Currency 38 $92,040.50
Food and Drug Administration 37 $56,213.68
Rural Housing Service 34 $50,838.62
Farm Service Agency 32 $53,483.22
National Archives and Records Administration 31 $50,295.68
Securities and Exchange Commission 27 $79,647.74
Headquarters, Nasa 26 $68,625.54
Federal Emergency Management Agency 26 $55,493.46
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 25 $51,375.60
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 25 $59,297.40
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 24 $62,693.58
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 23 $47,713.96
Food and Nutrition Service 23 $59,790.30
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 21 $51,239.19
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 21 $44,195.19
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 21 $59,583.24
Patent and Trademark Office 20 $55,612.70
National Agricultural Statistics Service 19 $61,671.68
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 18 $49,976.06
Veterans Benefits Administration 18 $51,710.44
Agency for International Development 17 $65,031.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 16 $58,241.06
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $49,901.69
Bureau of Labor Statistics 15 $58,952.73
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 15 $63,947.40
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 14 $57,988.21
Employee Benefits Security Administration 14 $48,324.14
Agricultural Marketing Service 14 $60,366.71
U.S. Trustee Program 14 $63,464.43
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 12 $59,129.92
Food Safety and Inspection Service 11 $60,035.45
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 11 $64,371.18
Office of the Director 11 $64,270.91
International Trade Administration 10 $59,902.30
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $61,333.22
Office of Secretary of Transportation 9 $60,742.67
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 9 $52,992.67
U.S. Mint 9 $21,301.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 9 $63,673.67
Railroad Retirement Board 8 $67,908.25
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $53,297.75
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 8 $68,813.63
Presidio Trust 8 $79,645.25
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 7 $58,355.43
Civil Rights 7 $51,577.43
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 7 $63,210.86
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 7 $58,178.57
U.S. Tax Court 7 $64,588.86
National Science Foundation 7 $69,988.86
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $59,627.14
Ames Research Center 7 $74,401.29
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 7 $49,965.71
Employment and Training Administration 6 $50,806.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 6 $48,520.67
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $43,432.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 6 $59,947.33
Government Printing Office 6 $60,387.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 6 $54,407.33
Departmental Administration 6 $61,279.83
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $62,817.33
Wage and Hour Division 5 $48,650.20
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $58,985.80
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 5 $59,642.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $59,907.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $64,191.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $60,549.50
Federal Election Commission 4 $63,284.50
Langley Research Center 4 $64,752.50
Farm Credit Administration 4 $96,691.75
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 4 $59,731.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 4 $53,005.00
Federal Highway Administration 4 $58,791.50
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $58,316.00
Office of the Chief Economist 4 $72,336.00
Risk Management Agency 4 $67,820.75
Maritime Administration 3 $56,693.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $65,242.33
Bureau of the Census 3 $52,222.00
Office of Justice Programs 3 $57,914.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 3 $56,162.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $63,867.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 3 $56,119.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 3 $50,078.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $56,282.00
Federal Transit Administration 3 $59,519.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2 $85,059.50
Office for Civil Rights 2 $55,697.50
Office of Personnel Management 2 $64,292.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $45,525.50
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $56,937.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $61,893.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $68,189.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $65,098.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $45,836.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 2 $63,075.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $55,427.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $51,129.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $58,437.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $68,383.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $53,964.00
National Appeals Division 2 $71,669.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $64,324.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 2 $70,692.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $50,823.50
Economic Research Service 2 $68,670.50
John C. Stennis Space Center 2 $69,008.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $63,086.50
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 2 $64,890.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $59,155.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $65,473.50
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 1 $58,428.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $61,322.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $58,428.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $60,182.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $52,579.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $59,723.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $60,901.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $58,428.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $71,467.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $64,002.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $57,158.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $58,428.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $49,771.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $71,467.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $71,467.00
Selective Service System 1 $63,261.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $78,703.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $65,435.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $75,577.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $54,972.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $45,961.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $69,634.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $65,969.00
Departmental Offices 1 $64,699.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $64,699.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $70,334.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $0.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $56,929.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $47,426.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $52,579.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $67,865.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $71,467.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $78,703.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1 $69,634.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $56,431.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $64,699.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $49,437.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $58,428.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $64,995.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $51,638.30. The highest paid Secretary made $138,890 in 2017.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,714
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 890
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 231
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 166
ZS - Administrative Support 119
CG - Corporate Graded 106
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 38
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 27
CE - Contract Education--year Long 23
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
PG - Printing Office Grades 6
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 5
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 2
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 1

Starting Paygrade: $18,785.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $57,015.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Clerical and Administrative Support
Occupation Family: 0300 GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE, CLERICAL, AND OFFICE SERVICES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Secretary jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Biological Science TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Production ControlClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Equipment OperatorClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
GuideTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Range TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Secretary Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $51,638 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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