Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2018
Pay Rates for "Secretary"How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $52,995.18* *Based on the 2018 average.
Secretary was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 8,446 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2018, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $46,239.
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.
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
Secretary Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Secretary is $52,995.18. The highest paid Secretary made $138,890 in 2018.
Common Secretary Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Secretary Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||6,818|
|GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate||883|
|FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan||222|
|GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule||166|
|ZS - Administrative Support||118|
|CG - Corporate Graded||105|
|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|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E||14|
|CY - Contract Education--school Year||13|
|PG - Printing Office Grades||6|
|NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support||5|
|VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial||4|
|IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use||2|
|CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos||1|
|CU - Credit Union Employees||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$19,543.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$59,316.00 / 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 Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Production Control||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Equipment Operator||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Guide||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Range Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
Average Secretary Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018
In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $52,995 in 2018.
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