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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2005

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $42,422.46* *Based on the 2005 average.
20,881 EMPLOYEES
$884.25M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 13th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2005, with 20,881 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2005, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $38,862.

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 3,188 $38,862.06
Veterans Health Administration 2,431 $37,935.48
Department of State 1,333 $49,393.89
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,087 $43,236.07
Federal Aviation Administration 787 $42,183.91
Environmental Protection Agency 525 $45,531.32
Indian Health Service 477 $34,958.15
National Institutes of Health 428 $47,681.26
Drug Enforcement Administration 345 $43,707.84
Social Security Administration 338 $40,349.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation 334 $52,023.99
Department of Energy 313 $45,624.02
Offices, Boards and Divisions 304 $44,691.07
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 299 $43,885.39
Indian Affairs 277 $34,489.85
National Park Service 272 $39,290.30
Natural Resources Conservation Service 259 $37,770.31
Agricultural Research Service 253 $39,544.78
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 245 $45,112.13
Bureau of the Census 230 $38,213.70
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 226 $49,347.20
Food and Drug Administration 221 $42,787.89
Customs and Border Protection 214 $40,227.23
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 185 $41,602.59
Transportation Security Administration 184 $41,797.04
U.S. Coast Guard 182 $41,141.47
National Institute of Standards and Technology 178 $45,303.19
Bureau of Land Management 171 $41,011.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 168 $43,694.54
National Labor Relations Board 164 $44,480.33
Bureau of Reclamation 160 $37,537.15
Forest Service 153 $41,692.64
Geological Survey 146 $45,767.39
Farm Service Agency 142 $42,742.29
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 140 $37,971.69
Goddard Space Flight Center 130 $43,682.72
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 126 $55,552.82
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 121 $45,765.37
Securities and Exchange Commission 117 $50,883.50
Headquarters, Nasa 103 $47,644.39
Federal Emergency Management Agency 102 $42,895.97
Food Safety and Inspection Service 100 $40,886.24
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 95 $42,532.41
Rural Housing Service 94 $41,489.84
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 90 $43,129.67
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 87 $46,035.71
Langley Research Center 86 $39,643.48
Health Resources and Services Administration 81 $42,876.36
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 78 $44,577.54
Employment Standards Administration 76 $38,736.99
Veterans Benefits Administration 75 $40,852.89
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 75 $45,338.23
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 72 $39,648.72
John F. Kennedy Space Center 70 $38,892.97
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 67 $42,828.10
Agricultural Marketing Service 60 $42,193.05
Citizenship and Immigration Services 60 $39,489.52
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 59 $50,800.58
Food and Nutrition Service 58 $42,700.72
National Archives and Records Administration 58 $39,570.78
Mine Safety and Health Administration 58 $42,096.31
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 56 $42,038.00
International Trade Administration 55 $46,637.49
U.S. Agency for International Development 54 $51,704.91
Bureau of Labor Statistics 52 $42,863.44
Departmental Offices 47 $50,238.32
46 $58,981.96
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 46 $38,619.83
Office of Comptroller of Currency 44 $57,971.48
Office of Thrift Supervision 44 $52,942.55
Bureau of the Public Debt 43 $37,099.53
Rural Utilities Service 40 $41,946.25
Federal Trade Commission 40 $47,909.98
National Science Foundation 39 $53,168.82
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 39 $42,654.46
Employee Benefits Security Administration 38 $38,750.79
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 37 $43,757.14
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 37 $47,481.70
Patent and Trademark Office 37 $47,467.24
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 36 $41,187.19
Employment and Training Administration 34 $41,462.24
Federal Highway Administration 31 $41,654.68
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 31 $46,155.39
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 30 $42,588.93
National Agricultural Statistics Service 30 $43,158.37
U.S. Trustee Program 30 $49,679.77
U.S. Mint 28 $45,248.68
National Gallery of Art 24 $38,835.42
Maritime Administration 24 $43,750.38
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 24 $44,256.92
Ames Research Center 24 $50,169.75
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 23 $44,419.09
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $45,028.95
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 22 $42,259.14
Federal Supply Service 21 $40,971.48
Railroad Retirement Board 21 $55,957.95
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 21 $43,595.71
Risk Management Agency 20 $41,437.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 19 $50,013.95
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 19 $44,359.26
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 19 $51,201.32
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 19 $43,427.58
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 18 $48,492.72
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 18 $49,550.83
Public Buildings Service 18 $39,536.94
Financial Management Service 17 $42,356.82
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 17 $48,436.41
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 17 $48,764.35
Broadcasting Board of Governors 17 $44,906.24
Government Printing Office 16 $39,826.44
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 16 $45,684.63
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 16 $43,950.88
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 16 $56,767.50
Office of Justice Programs 16 $42,671.50
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 16 $47,444.50
John C. Stennis Space Center 16 $39,820.50
Federal Transit Administration 16 $44,927.06
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 15 $43,847.60
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 15 $43,546.87
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 14 $40,602.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 14 $46,107.64
Administration for Children and Families 14 $44,915.43
Departmental Administration 13 $44,815.92
Bureau of Industry and Security 13 $48,922.46
Small Business Administration 13 $43,238.62
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 13 $40,833.08
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 13 $40,104.31
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 13 $43,780.69
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 13 $44,688.08
Federal Election Commission 13 $44,108.54
National Endowment for the Humanities 12 $48,693.50
Office of Personnel Management 12 $49,533.83
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 12 $45,186.33
Office of the Director 12 $47,903.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 12 $46,767.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 11 $44,664.73
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 11 $43,652.73
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 11 $40,018.45
Farm Credit Administration 11 $55,186.45
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 10 $51,628.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $49,354.70
Selective Service System 10 $49,081.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 10 $47,206.50
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 10 $49,170.30
National Credit Union Administration 10 $45,701.40
Bureau of Economic Analysis 9 $46,760.22
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 9 $44,150.89
Foreign Agricultural Service 8 $46,438.25
Office of the Chief Economist 8 $49,560.13
Federal Labor Relations Authority 8 $45,663.25
Commission on Civil Rights 8 $42,609.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 8 $44,538.00
Civil Rights 7 $45,581.43
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 7 $47,779.00
U.S. Secret Service 7 $48,511.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 7 $37,182.14
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $50,251.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $47,681.17
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 6 $63,981.50
Economic Research Service 6 $52,490.33
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 6 $55,582.83
Office for Civil Rights 6 $44,700.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 6 $45,541.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $41,164.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 5 $38,281.60
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $44,058.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 5 $42,883.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 5 $51,674.80
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 5 $40,524.40
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Homeland Security) 5 $42,100.20
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 5 $47,632.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 5 $42,717.20
National Appeals Division 5 $42,968.00
Economic Development Administration 5 $49,778.20
Program Support Center 5 $53,146.40
Administration for Community Living 5 $41,772.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 4 $51,412.00
National Cemetery Administration 4 $46,042.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $44,302.25
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $45,958.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $48,152.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $45,912.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $44,424.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $46,373.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 4 $47,998.25
Office of Secretary of Labor 4 $56,466.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 4 $45,855.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $51,469.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 4 $44,501.75
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $45,895.50
Federal Communications Commission 4 $43,754.25
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 4 $45,271.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $37,450.50
Peace Corps 3 $56,685.33
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $37,705.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 3 $50,600.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 3 $45,204.67
Office of Field Policy and Management 3 $44,187.67
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $50,791.00
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $52,194.33
Corporation for National and Community Service 3 $41,135.33
Women's Bureau 3 $50,588.00
Office of Innovation and Improvement 3 $40,125.00
Federal Technology Service 3 $37,903.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 2 $50,750.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $51,036.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 2 $67,990.00
Office of Management and Budget 2 $46,088.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 2 $54,170.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 2 $45,695.50
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2 $39,263.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $42,067.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $43,638.50
Federal Student Aid 2 $37,747.50
Office of Postsecondary Education 2 $46,791.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 2 $48,058.00
Office of Special Counsel 2 $38,661.50
Office of the Human Resources Management 2 $44,442.00
Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer 2 $50,382.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 2 $47,805.50
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $50,490.50
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 2 $42,675.00
Ous Management 1 $46,088.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $49,728.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $37,815.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $48,419.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $52,036.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $44,848.00
National Council on Disability 1 $35,093.00
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 1 $51,036.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $46,088.00
Japan-United States Friendship Commission 1 $55,717.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $44,395.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $29,620.00
Assistant Secretary for Diversity & Inclusion 1 $54,926.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resolution Management 1 $53,481.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget 1 $49,728.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs 1 $52,532.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $41,361.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (Department of Labor) 1 $44,906.00
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 1 $58,902.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $56,371.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Education) 1 $46,255.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 1 $50,590.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $53,481.00
Council on Environmental Quality/Office of Environmental Quality 1 $49,145.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $44,906.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $47,111.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (General Services Administration) 1 $46,088.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $37,220.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $44,906.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $43,724.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $36,157.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $25,581.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $36,157.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $56,371.00
Technology Administration 1 $62,086.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $56,371.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $42,422.46. The highest paid Secretary made $113,194 in 2005.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 17,966
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 828
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 712
ZS - Administrative Support 346
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 286
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 184
CG - Corporate Graded 126
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 117
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 75
CE - Contract Education--year Long 47
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 44
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 44
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 19
PG - Printing Office Grades 16
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 16
CY - Contract Education--school Year 14
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 11
MA - Milk Marketing 11
CU - Credit Union Employees 10
HU - Haskell Indian Nations Univ Demo Project 7
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1
FO - Foreign Service Officers 1

Starting Paygrade: $19,738.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $59,907.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $55,793 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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