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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $56,812.28* *Based on the 2020 average.
6,107 EMPLOYEES
$322.07M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 51st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 6,107 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $49,115.

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 1,616 $49,115.28
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 922 $55,017.12
Internal Revenue Service 560 $61,321.27
Federal Bureau of Investigation 216 $81,846.07
Indian Health Service 189 $47,287.89
Department of State 178 $66,866.52
Drug Enforcement Administration 126 $70,146.94
U.S. Coast Guard 116 $56,433.29
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 115 $63,368.70
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 107 $66,437.50
Environmental Protection Agency 105 $63,885.70
Bureau of Reclamation 95 $51,160.27
Indian Affairs 79 $48,507.97
National Institutes of Health 76 $66,792.01
Federal Aviation Administration 75 $63,467.84
Agricultural Research Service 65 $54,424.43
Natural Resources Conservation Service 64 $60,207.16
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 62 $63,179.44
National Park Service 60 $55,100.77
Social Security Administration 59 $54,973.86
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 58 $85,903.86
Offices, Boards and Divisions 58 $67,071.59
Forest Service 54 $56,403.31
Bureau of Land Management 53 $55,817.68
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 42 $60,018.12
Department of Energy 41 $64,347.32
National Institute of Standards and Technology 36 $63,221.94
Mine Safety and Health Administration 35 $55,264.54
Goddard Space Flight Center 34 $60,343.85
National Labor Relations Board 33 $66,093.36
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 32 $56,017.09
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 31 $63,624.23
Geological Survey 31 $61,939.32
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 31 $59,678.71
Office of Comptroller of Currency 26 $101,479.12
Federal Emergency Management Agency 24 $59,566.63
Securities and Exchange Commission 23 $85,647.09
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 22 $67,636.14
National Archives and Records Administration 22 $51,105.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 17 $55,913.71
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 16 $61,507.69
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 16 $61,535.13
Farm Service Agency 15 $56,100.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 15 $55,996.93
National Agricultural Statistics Service 14 $68,046.50
Food and Nutrition Service 13 $65,583.85
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $47,306.23
Bureau of Labor Statistics 13 $62,360.38
Customs and Border Protection 13 $0.00
Food and Drug Administration 12 $62,638.00
Headquarters, Nasa 12 $72,893.08
Patent and Trademark Office 12 $59,173.50
Presidio Trust 11 $84,173.55
Agricultural Marketing Service 11 $67,970.09
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 10 $56,849.30
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 10 $0.00
Rural Housing Service 9 $58,025.22
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 8 $66,917.13
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 8 $48,856.25
Food Safety and Inspection Service 8 $63,638.13
U.S. Agency for International Development 8 $69,203.88
International Trade Administration 8 $65,355.38
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 8 $67,270.50
Federal Election Commission 8 $63,819.13
Employee Benefits Security Administration 8 $54,567.50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7 $59,446.71
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $58,317.43
U.S. Trustee Program 7 $69,666.71
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 7 $62,018.14
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 7 $67,429.86
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $45,739.67
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 6 $63,829.33
National Science Foundation 6 $76,507.00
Office of the Director 6 $67,699.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 5 $72,037.20
Health Resources and Services Administration 5 $66,309.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 5 $66,358.40
Railroad Retirement Board 5 $70,310.60
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 5 $54,687.80
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 5 $75,534.20
U.S. Tax Court 5 $81,938.20
Government Printing Office 5 $67,151.40
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $57,858.00
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 4 $64,031.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 4 $57,320.75
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 4 $65,088.75
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $67,445.00
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 4 $58,125.25
Civil Rights 4 $57,996.00
Citizenship and Immigration Services 4 $54,299.50
U.S. Mint 4 $61,110.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $51,864.50
Fpac Business Center 3 $61,240.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $69,120.67
Langley Research Center 3 $74,934.67
John F. Kennedy Space Center 3 $55,722.67
Employment and Training Administration 3 $52,547.67
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 3 $65,280.67
Federal Acquisition Service 2 $61,146.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 2 $64,590.50
National Protection and Programs Directorate 2 $63,267.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $62,016.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $63,377.50
Broadcasting Board of Governors 2 $63,082.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $66,669.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $52,559.00
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $66,448.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $44,603.00
Risk Management Agency 2 $81,313.50
Office of the Chief Economist 2 $79,328.50
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 2 $77,651.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 2 $70,331.50
Bureau of the Census 2 $60,103.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $66,669.50
Wage and Hour Division 2 $57,886.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $70,331.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 2 $67,167.50
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 1 $52,300.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $67,971.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $56,939.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $34,916.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $49,301.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1 $77,396.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $63,267.00
Economic Research Service 1 $48,386.00
Office of Advocacy and Outreach 1 $53,536.00
Departmental Administration 1 $74,303.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $66,478.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $77,396.00
Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board 1 $65,488.00
Commission on Civil Rights 1 $63,267.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $68,275.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1 $85,890.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $0.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $69,477.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $61,722.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $67,615.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 1 $66,478.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $60,628.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $71,442.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $68,273.00
Ames Research Center 1 $68,581.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $63,267.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $79,796.00
Administration for Children and Families 1 $56,341.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $71,442.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $68,275.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $73,426.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $0.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $77,396.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $49,772.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $51,082.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $85,231.00
Office for Civil Rights 1 $60,600.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $70,072.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 1 $63,267.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $67,473.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $0.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $61,722.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $75,958.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $59,968.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $56,812.28. The highest paid Secretary made $167,537 in 2020.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,768
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 905
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 129
ZS - Administrative Support 72
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 67
CG - Corporate Graded 58
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 26
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 23
CE - Contract Education--year Long 21
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 11
CY - Contract Education--school Year 8
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 8
PG - Printing Office Grades 5
NU - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Technician And Administrative Support Career Path 3
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Positions Previously Defined Under Pay Plan Codes Ad, Es, Gm, And Gs 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,172.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $61,227.00 / 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
Forestry TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
PurchasingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Clerk-TypistClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Safety TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Soil Conservation TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Secretary Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $56,812 in 2020.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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