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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $52,140.50* *Based on the 2016 average.
9,440 EMPLOYEES
$492.05M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 9,440 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $44,733.

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 1,996 $44,733.05
Internal Revenue Service 1,816 $48,132.61
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 995 $50,507.06
Federal Aviation Administration 334 $51,228.54
Indian Health Service 284 $42,906.37
Federal Bureau of Investigation 271 $65,876.69
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 186 $54,487.58
Environmental Protection Agency 183 $59,364.57
Drug Enforcement Administration 166 $59,243.42
Bureau of the Census 143 $47,745.64
National Institutes of Health 142 $59,564.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 134 $57,113.07
U.S. Coast Guard 130 $51,354.78
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 124 $61,627.23
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 116 $72,849.70
Bureau of Reclamation 111 $45,238.97
National Institute of Standards and Technology 110 $56,938.28
Offices, Boards and Divisions 110 $57,063.95
Indian Affairs 107 $43,819.43
National Labor Relations Board 106 $53,633.54
Natural Resources Conservation Service 105 $50,135.47
National Park Service 102 $48,622.92
Social Security Administration 98 $48,974.42
Department of Energy 95 $55,114.18
Agricultural Research Service 89 $49,447.34
Bureau of Land Management 85 $52,548.35
Forest Service 82 $49,961.40
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 74 $53,518.51
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 72 $56,757.87
Geological Survey 62 $55,302.55
Food and Drug Administration 59 $52,901.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 53 $51,269.58
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 50 $53,393.22
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 50 $49,531.46
Goddard Space Flight Center 50 $52,770.50
Rural Housing Service 47 $50,367.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 40 $49,609.10
Farm Service Agency 39 $53,440.77
Securities and Exchange Commission 38 $76,072.58
Office of Comptroller of Currency 35 $84,945.69
Headquarters, Nasa 34 $64,867.97
National Archives and Records Administration 34 $48,540.15
Federal Emergency Management Agency 33 $51,262.61
Agency for International Development 32 $63,037.13
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 30 $54,642.70
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 30 $49,326.07
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 29 $42,855.03
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 28 $58,577.29
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 27 $60,074.15
Food and Nutrition Service 25 $56,560.36
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 25 $49,654.84
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 24 $45,904.83
Veterans Benefits Administration 23 $54,002.35
Employee Benefits Security Administration 23 $48,632.04
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 22 $53,677.27
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 22 $42,917.27
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 21 $49,382.86
Patent and Trademark Office 20 $54,617.30
Langley Research Center 20 $52,955.90
Bureau of Labor Statistics 19 $55,637.21
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 19 $55,915.21
National Agricultural Statistics Service 19 $59,171.84
Food Safety and Inspection Service 19 $57,952.53
U.S. Trustee Program 18 $60,563.11
Health Resources and Services Administration 16 $56,492.38
Agricultural Marketing Service 16 $52,789.25
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 15 $54,623.07
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 14 $63,398.57
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 14 $62,870.64
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $56,442.93
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 13 $43,205.23
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 12 $52,174.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $60,647.50
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 12 $57,692.83
International Trade Administration 12 $58,812.33
National Science Foundation 11 $65,913.82
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $69,774.27
Farm Credit Administration 10 $82,274.40
Office of the Director 10 $61,840.70
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $54,777.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 10 $55,732.40
Rural Utilities Service 10 $55,930.10
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 10 $60,168.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 10 $51,777.90
Civil Rights 9 $51,623.89
U.S. Mint 9 $54,654.89
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $56,205.22
Presidio Trust 9 $75,043.22
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 8 $50,370.38
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 8 $54,304.13
U.S. Tax Court 8 $62,046.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 7 $60,328.71
Ames Research Center 7 $68,215.00
Employment and Training Administration 7 $50,845.29
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 7 $47,248.86
Departmental Administration 7 $62,347.29
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 7 $57,650.14
Federal Election Commission 6 $57,591.67
Government Printing Office 6 $57,081.83
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $50,462.83
Federal Highway Administration 6 $53,129.33
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $41,628.83
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 6 $57,224.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $58,364.50
Risk Management Agency 6 $58,591.00
Office of the Chief Economist 6 $68,621.33
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 6 $56,796.50
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $55,449.40
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 5 $59,457.00
Selective Service System 5 $54,340.80
Maritime Administration 5 $50,316.40
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $50,626.25
Small Business Administration 4 $55,636.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $58,523.00
Office of Justice Programs 4 $55,246.25
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $49,708.75
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 4 $58,500.50
Departmental Offices 4 $63,611.75
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $61,252.50
Administration for Children and Families 3 $53,082.33
Federal Transit Administration 3 $56,543.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 3 $51,639.33
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 3 $48,915.33
Transportation Security Administration 3 $52,748.00
Wage and Hour Division 3 $48,855.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $60,661.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $64,300.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 3 $53,448.67
Public Buildings Service 3 $59,408.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $59,087.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $53,817.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $58,569.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 3 $53,200.33
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $43,053.00
National Appeals Division 3 $60,842.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 3 $57,933.67
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 3 $65,633.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $59,584.33
Commission on Civil Rights 3 $53,764.33
Office of Personnel Management 3 $60,329.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $55,970.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $64,924.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $54,801.00
Peace Corps 2 $57,202.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $64,954.50
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 2 $68,688.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 2 $64,434.50
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $46,292.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2 $63,012.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 2 $63,199.50
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $58,645.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $59,732.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $55,879.50
Office for Civil Rights 2 $54,172.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2 $81,134.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 2 $58,437.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $72,230.00
Federal Trade Commission 2 $52,768.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $65,989.50
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 2 $75,156.50
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 2 $58,379.00
Economic Research Service 2 $67,414.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $60,336.50
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $61,994.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $66,710.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resolution Management 1 $49,274.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $50,374.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $57,224.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $50,731.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $55,970.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $54,677.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 1 $44,492.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $68,465.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $55,970.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $51,900.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $58,511.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $62,688.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $57,224.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $62,920.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
Office of Administrative Services 1 $45,190.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $68,465.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $57,255.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $44,031.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $65,165.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $75,395.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $75,395.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $50,374.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $66,710.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $54,535.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $50,864.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $43,057.00
Women's Bureau 1 $61,994.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $63,684.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $60,695.00
Office of Administration 1 $48,234.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $53,100.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $75,395.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $52,140.50. The highest paid Secretary made $132,787 in 2016.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,632
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 949
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 270
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 180
ZS - Administrative Support 143
CG - Corporate Graded 112
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 42
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 24
CY - Contract Education--school Year 12
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 7
PG - Printing Office Grades 6
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 5
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 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 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $52,141 in 2016.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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