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.
8,446 EMPLOYEES
$423.33M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

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.

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 1,785 $46,239.14
Internal Revenue Service 1,462 $50,427.19
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 906 $53,194.28
Federal Bureau of Investigation 278 $73,563.48
Indian Health Service 246 $44,347.76
Federal Aviation Administration 222 $54,481.60
Department of State 212 $61,694.87
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 154 $58,117.53
Drug Enforcement Administration 151 $65,167.43
Environmental Protection Agency 136 $61,818.14
U.S. Coast Guard 124 $52,131.36
National Institutes of Health 110 $62,437.22
Indian Affairs 105 $44,894.89
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 105 $77,293.27
Bureau of Reclamation 97 $48,023.59
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 94 $60,674.50
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 92 $60,094.72
National Labor Relations Board 92 $56,262.62
National Park Service 90 $51,259.46
Natural Resources Conservation Service 90 $53,434.99
Social Security Administration 81 $51,691.52
Offices, Boards and Divisions 80 $60,807.41
Department of Energy 73 $58,331.07
Agricultural Research Service 70 $51,703.27
Bureau of Land Management 69 $53,386.75
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 69 $56,741.17
Forest Service 64 $53,977.64
National Institute of Standards and Technology 59 $61,365.80
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 51 $58,309.72
Geological Survey 48 $56,759.92
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 45 $50,493.22
Goddard Space Flight Center 44 $54,574.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 42 $55,720.83
Mine Safety and Health Administration 40 $50,798.25
Office of Comptroller of Currency 38 $92,177.00
Food and Drug Administration 36 $56,272.08
Rural Housing Service 35 $50,659.17
National Archives and Records Administration 33 $49,481.09
Farm Service Agency 32 $53,673.41
Securities and Exchange Commission 27 $79,647.74
Federal Emergency Management Agency 26 $55,493.46
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 26 $59,019.73
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 25 $51,424.44
Headquarters, Nasa 25 $68,369.48
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 24 $62,800.54
Food and Nutrition Service 23 $59,999.61
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 22 $48,064.45
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 21 $44,259.81
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 21 $59,583.24
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 21 $51,318.19
Patent and Trademark Office 19 $56,269.37
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 18 $50,639.89
Veterans Benefits Administration 18 $51,727.67
Agency for International Development 17 $65,031.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 16 $58,241.06
National Agricultural Statistics Service 16 $62,461.63
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $49,989.19
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 15 $63,947.40
Bureau of Labor Statistics 15 $58,952.73
Employee Benefits Security Administration 14 $48,530.57
Agricultural Marketing Service 14 $60,504.29
U.S. Trustee Program 13 $63,125.69
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 13 $58,504.23
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 11 $64,422.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 11 $60,035.45
Office of the Director 11 $64,270.91
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 11 $59,998.09
International Trade Administration 10 $60,068.10
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $66,961.70
Office of Secretary of Transportation 9 $60,742.67
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 9 $52,992.67
Presidio Trust 9 $78,984.67
Health Resources and Services Administration 9 $61,333.22
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 9 $63,673.67
Railroad Retirement Board 8 $67,908.25
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 8 $59,036.25
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 8 $53,297.75
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 7 $63,447.86
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 7 $58,357.14
U.S. Tax Court 7 $64,588.86
National Science Foundation 7 $69,988.86
Ames Research Center 7 $74,401.29
Civil Rights 7 $51,577.43
U.S. Mint 7 $72,708.50
Dryden Flight Research Center 6 $58,972.83
John F. Kennedy Space Center 6 $54,407.33
Departmental Administration 6 $61,556.17
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $62,817.33
Employment and Training Administration 6 $50,806.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 6 $52,089.17
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 6 $48,520.67
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $43,432.67
Government Printing Office 6 $60,462.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 $58,985.80
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 5 $60,942.40
Federal Election Commission 5 $59,915.60
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 5 $59,642.00
Wage and Hour Division 5 $48,650.20
Federal Highway Administration 4 $58,791.50
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $58,653.25
Farm Credit Administration 4 $96,921.25
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 4 $59,731.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $59,907.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $60,549.50
Langley Research Center 4 $64,752.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 4 $53,005.00
Office of the Chief Economist 4 $72,336.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $64,191.00
Risk Management Agency 4 $68,695.75
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 3 $50,078.33
Federal Transit Administration 3 $60,018.67
Maritime Administration 3 $56,693.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $56,282.00
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
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $65,242.33
Office of Justice Programs 3 $57,914.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $68,189.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 2 $64,890.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $61,893.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $64,324.00
Office for Civil Rights 2 $55,697.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $46,510.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $58,667.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $65,473.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $51,129.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $53,964.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 2 $63,075.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $68,383.50
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
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 2 $70,692.00
Office of Personnel Management 2 $64,292.50
National Appeals Division 2 $71,669.50
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $56,937.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $63,586.50
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $65,098.50
Bureau of the Census 2 $55,678.50
Administration for Children and Families 2 $55,427.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $59,155.50
Public Buildings Service 1 $70,334.00
National Gallery of Art 1 $49,771.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $61,322.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $71,467.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $69,634.00
Selective Service System 1 $63,261.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $45,961.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $52,579.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 1 $58,428.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $65,699.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $67,865.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $59,723.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $64,699.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $78,703.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $64,995.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $71,467.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $52,579.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $56,929.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $60,901.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $58,428.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 1 $58,428.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1 $69,634.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $54,972.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $71,467.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 1 $58,428.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $58,428.00
Departmental Offices 1 $64,699.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $80,640.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $57,158.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $56,431.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $78,703.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $1,000.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $71,467.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $64,595.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $49,437.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $65,969.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $65,435.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $64,002.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $47,426.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $0.00

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: $19,048.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $57,809.00 / 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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $52,995 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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