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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2004

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $40,634.81* *Based on the 2004 average.
22,700 EMPLOYEES
$921.11M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 11th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2004, with 22,700 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2004, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $36,772.

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
Internal Revenue Service 3,481 $36,772.07
Veterans Health Administration 2,627 $36,321.25
Department of State 1,332 $47,876.70
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,080 $41,458.83
Federal Aviation Administration 885 $40,262.51
Environmental Protection Agency 576 $43,414.66
National Institutes of Health 512 $45,412.04
Indian Health Service 489 $33,908.62
Social Security Administration 393 $39,235.10
Offices, Boards and Divisions 364 $42,720.16
Department of Energy 356 $43,442.32
Drug Enforcement Administration 349 $42,287.16
Federal Bureau of Investigation 337 $49,780.32
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 321 $42,158.80
Indian Affairs 313 $33,615.40
National Park Service 297 $37,563.57
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 280 $47,561.06
Agricultural Research Service 275 $38,589.39
Natural Resources Conservation Service 274 $36,321.78
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 248 $43,858.33
Food and Drug Administration 247 $40,907.13
Transportation Security Administration 243 $40,470.93
Bureau of the Census 241 $36,934.61
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 227 $38,284.79
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 203 $39,523.26
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 193 $42,328.98
U.S. Coast Guard 189 $39,736.86
National Institute of Standards and Technology 178 $44,197.44
Bureau of Land Management 177 $39,221.98
Forest Service 166 $40,139.89
Bureau of Reclamation 164 $36,094.93
National Labor Relations Board 164 $42,853.26
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 158 $36,064.14
Geological Survey 156 $43,960.38
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 150 $53,140.93
Farm Service Agency 146 $40,480.43
Goddard Space Flight Center 140 $41,569.92
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 130 $43,453.78
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 123 $40,439.59
Securities and Exchange Commission 120 $48,149.21
Langley Research Center 113 $37,986.32
Headquarters, Nasa 108 $46,108.24
Federal Emergency Management Agency 104 $41,230.09
Food Safety and Inspection Service 100 $39,216.64
Rural Housing Service 99 $39,725.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 97 $40,369.79
Veterans Benefits Administration 95 $38,986.19
Health Resources and Services Administration 94 $42,055.24
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 93 $44,055.26
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 83 $43,731.53
Employment Standards Administration 80 $37,430.88
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 80 $42,865.65
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 75 $38,825.73
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 72 $38,648.74
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 67 $40,554.50
Agricultural Marketing Service 65 $40,701.49
John F. Kennedy Space Center 65 $38,665.55
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 63 $40,313.94
Agency for International Development 62 $49,352.79
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 60 $48,366.48
Mine Safety and Health Administration 60 $39,320.87
Food and Nutrition Service 59 $41,601.98
International Trade Administration 59 $44,057.95
Bureau of Labor Statistics 54 $41,035.89
National Archives and Records Administration 54 $38,176.57
53 $56,358.00
Federal Trade Commission 51 $44,933.06
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 49 $46,186.31
Office of Comptroller of Currency 48 $54,219.54
Departmental Offices 47 $47,921.45
Bureau of the Public Debt 46 $35,006.41
National Science Foundation 45 $50,701.47
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 45 $36,608.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 44 $41,776.82
Patent and Trademark Office 43 $45,933.95
Office of Thrift Supervision 41 $50,855.15
Employment and Training Administration 39 $39,804.69
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 39 $41,273.28
Rural Utilities Service 38 $40,604.29
Employee Benefits Security Administration 37 $37,431.95
Office of Personnel Management 36 $42,512.25
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 36 $40,416.19
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 36 $39,470.78
U.S. Trustee Program 34 $47,315.58
Federal Highway Administration 34 $39,341.65
Financial Management Service 32 $40,928.72
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 32 $42,489.13
Ames Research Center 32 $47,209.34
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 32 $43,755.97
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 31 $41,931.74
Government Printing Office 31 $41,155.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 31 $41,946.32
National Gallery of Art 29 $34,370.07
U.S. Marshals Service 28 $43,012.32
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 28 $46,378.64
U.S. Mint 27 $43,474.04
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 27 $41,649.59
Maritime Administration 26 $41,481.35
Federal Supply Service 25 $39,967.28
Railroad Retirement Board 24 $52,583.13
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 24 $40,255.25
Risk Management Agency 24 $40,414.71
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 23 $45,557.30
Office of Secretary of Transportation 23 $47,657.48
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 22 $46,083.73
Public Buildings Service 22 $39,501.95
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 22 $41,173.27
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 21 $39,651.05
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 21 $42,161.76
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 21 $43,471.57
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 19 $49,199.05
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 19 $42,087.00
Small Business Administration 18 $40,981.83
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 18 $43,725.28
Broadcasting Board of Governors 18 $43,019.39
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 17 $45,886.65
John C. Stennis Space Center 17 $37,175.24
Federal Transit Administration 17 $42,427.31
Departmental Administration 17 $43,895.41
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 17 $54,401.35
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 16 $41,881.44
Office of Justice Programs 16 $42,878.00
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 16 $45,250.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 15 $42,592.40
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 15 $44,135.00
Administration for Children and Families 15 $42,746.60
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 14 $45,472.57
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 14 $41,621.29
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 14 $42,390.36
Consumer Product Safety Commission 13 $47,137.69
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 13 $39,952.31
Bureau of Industry and Security 13 $45,738.62
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 13 $38,676.69
Assistant Secretary for Administration 13 $41,950.77
Federal Election Commission 12 $41,520.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 12 $44,473.33
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 12 $40,230.75
Office of the Director 12 $44,578.75
National Credit Union Administration 11 $44,601.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 11 $44,324.00
Farm Credit Administration 11 $52,879.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 11 $48,488.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 11 $45,120.82
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 11 $41,945.45
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 11 $42,593.64
National Endowment for the Humanities 10 $47,298.60
Selective Service System 10 $47,444.40
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 9 $46,077.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 9 $42,613.56
Foreign Agricultural Service 9 $43,323.33
Office of the Chief Economist 9 $47,845.89
Commission on Civil Rights 9 $39,066.78
Bureau of Economic Analysis 9 $44,250.22
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 9 $49,414.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $42,588.22
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 9 $42,312.89
Civil Rights 8 $42,680.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 8 $43,526.88
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 8 $44,266.38
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 8 $44,301.25
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $47,250.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 7 $34,428.14
Economic Development Administration 7 $45,605.14
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $35,014.83
U.S. Secret Service 6 $47,477.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $45,335.67
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 6 $61,182.00
Economic Research Service 6 $50,592.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 6 $42,775.50
Minority Business Development Agency 6 $41,989.67
Office for Civil Rights 6 $42,915.50
Federal Communications Commission 6 $40,916.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 5 $40,466.00
National Appeals Division 5 $40,560.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 5 $45,639.60
Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs 5 $41,538.20
Program Support Center 5 $54,019.80
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 5 $40,160.00
National Cemetery Administration 5 $41,258.20
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $49,282.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 4 $41,549.75
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $43,941.75
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 4 $54,018.50
Office of Innovation and Improvement 4 $40,152.50
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 4 $42,973.00
Office of Special Counsel 4 $41,892.75
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $43,354.00
Administration for Community Living 4 $41,529.50
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $51,733.25
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 4 $39,376.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 4 $41,538.75
Office of Field Policy and Management 4 $46,607.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 4 $42,817.25
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 4 $46,675.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $43,951.25
Office of Secretary of Labor 4 $54,449.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $42,684.75
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 4 $42,914.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $44,523.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $42,089.67
Women's Bureau 3 $47,272.67
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $48,795.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 3 $48,262.67
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 3 $47,167.33
Federal Student Aid 3 $37,254.33
Office of Postsecondary Education 3 $45,644.33
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 3 $43,787.67
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 3 $42,183.67
Office of Governmentwide Policy 3 $45,304.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 3 $47,678.33
Federal Technology Service 3 $36,224.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 3 $57,208.67
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $41,088.00
Technology Administration 3 $50,295.00
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $49,817.33
Economics and Statistics Administration 3 $52,375.33
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2 $37,399.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $39,995.00
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 2 $40,431.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 2 $48,250.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 2 $42,853.00
Peace Corps 2 $48,992.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (General Services Administration) 2 $39,482.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 2 $43,755.50
Ous Border and Transportation Security 2 $41,128.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $48,636.50
Office of Management and Budget 2 $43,869.00
National Technical Information Service 2 $48,779.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 2 $42,160.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $38,478.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resolution Management 1 $50,178.00
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools 1 $45,996.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $49,216.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $43,388.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget 1 $47,954.00
Federal Housing Finance Board 1 $46,576.00
Assistant Secretary for Diversity & Inclusion 1 $52,966.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $44,439.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs 1 $50,653.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $43,299.00
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 1 $49,216.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $24,666.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $45,430.00
Marine Mammal Commission 1 $41,020.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $34,866.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $50,480.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $54,360.00
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 1 $49,216.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $35,892.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 1 $49,216.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $44,439.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $42,160.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (Department of Labor) 1 $43,299.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $35,323.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $42,160.00
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 1 $56,792.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $50,178.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $38,742.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $54,360.00
Japan-United States Friendship Commission 1 $53,722.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $47,954.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $50,178.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $42,993.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $40,634.81. The highest paid Secretary made $93,828 in 2004.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 19,574
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 806
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 746
ZS - Administrative Support 357
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 293
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 243
CG - Corporate Graded 150
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 139
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 120
CE - Contract Education--year Long 57
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 48
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 41
PG - Printing Office Grades 31
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 21
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 17
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
MA - Milk Marketing 12
CU - Credit Union Employees 11
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 11
HU - Haskell Indian Nations Univ Demo Project 8
TS - Federal Housing Finance Board Step Sys. 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 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 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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