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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2006

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $43,729.97* *Based on the 2006 average.
18,344 EMPLOYEES
$801.57M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 14th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2006, with 18,344 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2006, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $40,363.

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.")

Agencies that have hired a Secretary

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Internal Revenue Service 3,001 $40,363.27
Veterans Health Administration 2,316 $39,207.67
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,049 $45,154.83
Federal Aviation Administration 724 $43,377.86
Environmental Protection Agency 480 $47,796.92
Indian Health Service 473 $36,201.65
Department of State 466 $49,270.66
National Institutes of Health 400 $49,578.99
Federal Bureau of Investigation 333 $54,676.83
Drug Enforcement Administration 317 $45,655.09
Department of Energy 282 $47,420.72
Offices, Boards and Divisions 280 $46,063.73
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 276 $45,771.54
Social Security Administration 262 $41,781.82
Indian Affairs 248 $35,866.59
Natural Resources Conservation Service 243 $39,516.95
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 238 $46,042.52
Agricultural Research Service 235 $40,741.93
National Park Service 232 $40,893.79
Bureau of the Census 225 $39,373.82
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 206 $51,276.18
U.S. Coast Guard 176 $43,071.38
National Institute of Standards and Technology 165 $46,831.19
Bureau of Reclamation 160 $38,733.71
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 159 $43,396.40
Bureau of Land Management 157 $42,518.45
National Labor Relations Board 155 $46,289.65
Food and Drug Administration 149 $44,994.36
Customs and Border Protection 145 $41,387.68
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 145 $46,229.95
Geological Survey 131 $47,757.76
Forest Service 129 $43,637.74
Farm Service Agency 128 $44,025.55
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 126 $39,167.60
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 122 $57,602.25
Goddard Space Flight Center 118 $46,081.58
Transportation Security Administration 118 $44,337.93
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 112 $47,480.17
Securities and Exchange Commission 111 $52,743.13
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 92 $47,107.95
Rural Housing Service 88 $42,481.67
Headquarters, Nasa 84 $50,984.60
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 83 $45,454.63
Food Safety and Inspection Service 82 $43,107.91
Federal Emergency Management Agency 80 $43,399.95
Langley Research Center 75 $42,210.37
Employment Standards Administration 75 $40,360.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 72 $44,396.33
Veterans Benefits Administration 70 $42,415.74
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 67 $45,849.01
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 65 $43,896.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 65 $47,209.20
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 65 $41,426.61
Health Resources and Services Administration 64 $44,193.21
National Archives and Records Administration 61 $40,974.70
John F. Kennedy Space Center 56 $41,877.50
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 54 $52,121.96
Agricultural Marketing Service 52 $45,131.81
Mine Safety and Health Administration 52 $44,938.67
Food and Nutrition Service 50 $44,925.84
International Trade Administration 46 $49,217.72
46 $60,266.30
Citizenship and Immigration Services 45 $41,317.80
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 44 $44,379.77
Departmental Offices 44 $52,277.30
Office of Comptroller of Currency 44 $60,466.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 44 $45,007.14
U.S. Agency for International Development 43 $55,366.49
Office of Thrift Supervision 42 $55,818.48
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 40 $41,089.55
National Science Foundation 37 $54,073.76
Employee Benefits Security Administration 37 $40,667.43
Rural Utilities Service 35 $44,809.94
Federal Trade Commission 34 $49,762.53
Bureau of the Public Debt 34 $39,810.50
U.S. Trustee Program 33 $52,065.36
National Agricultural Statistics Service 32 $44,802.47
Patent and Trademark Office 31 $49,970.03
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 31 $46,181.77
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 30 $42,968.43
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 30 $50,545.13
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 28 $43,413.29
Federal Highway Administration 28 $44,059.57
U.S. Mint 26 $48,289.62
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $45,088.36
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 25 $47,099.80
National Gallery of Art 23 $39,769.70
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 23 $44,152.52
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 22 $47,417.82
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 22 $45,158.45
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $46,900.77
Employment and Training Administration 22 $44,122.64
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $48,835.90
Federal Supply Service 20 $42,765.45
Ames Research Center 20 $51,771.90
Risk Management Agency 20 $43,942.25
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 20 $46,202.65
Railroad Retirement Board 20 $58,797.25
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 19 $50,012.68
Office of Secretary of Transportation 18 $51,879.89
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 17 $54,054.06
Public Buildings Service 17 $42,998.59
Maritime Administration 17 $44,458.06
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 17 $51,375.53
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 17 $44,658.41
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 17 $50,239.29
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 16 $45,548.63
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 16 $45,947.81
Office of Justice Programs 16 $44,384.88
Departmental Administration 14 $46,733.64
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 14 $59,194.07
Financial Management Service 14 $43,693.86
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 14 $45,840.79
Bureau of Industry and Security 14 $49,393.36
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 14 $47,335.07
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 14 $49,713.00
Office of the Director 14 $49,777.29
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 14 $45,369.43
Administration for Children and Families 13 $46,788.08
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 13 $44,889.15
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 13 $41,819.62
Federal Transit Administration 13 $45,720.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 13 $48,318.23
Government Printing Office 13 $41,691.23
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 12 $41,837.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 12 $46,249.67
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 12 $46,565.08
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 12 $49,142.42
Small Business Administration 11 $44,908.64
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 11 $46,466.09
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 11 $46,443.55
Federal Election Commission 11 $46,124.82
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 11 $43,566.45
Farm Credit Administration 11 $57,302.73
Office of Personnel Management 10 $47,601.40
Civil Rights 10 $43,896.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 10 $45,481.80
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 10 $59,253.60
National Endowment for the Humanities 10 $51,287.80
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 9 $41,229.67
Office of the Chief Economist 9 $51,161.44
John C. Stennis Space Center 9 $41,731.33
Selective Service System 9 $51,896.22
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $47,123.88
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 8 $51,465.38
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $50,969.00
National Credit Union Administration 8 $45,078.13
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 7 $51,076.43
Foreign Agricultural Service 7 $48,665.57
Federal Labor Relations Authority 7 $49,115.29
Commission on Civil Rights 7 $43,367.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 7 $51,206.14
Office for Civil Rights 6 $46,367.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $49,469.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 6 $55,188.33
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $41,355.33
Bureau of Economic Analysis 6 $46,875.33
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 6 $58,810.50
National Appeals Division 5 $44,578.60
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $45,565.40
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 5 $48,581.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 5 $45,592.80
Program Support Center 5 $58,058.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 5 $39,721.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $49,053.60
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 5 $47,697.20
Economic Research Service 5 $54,173.80
U.S. Secret Service 4 $54,354.50
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $55,266.25
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $35,495.25
Economic Development Administration 4 $52,205.50
Office of Communications and Outreach 4 $46,723.00
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $47,748.50
Federal Communications Commission 4 $46,228.25
Science and Technology Directorate 4 $52,349.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $47,809.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $53,617.25
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 4 $48,080.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $46,149.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $48,489.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 4 $49,927.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 4 $40,514.25
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 4 $50,863.25
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $47,251.75
Office of Innovation and Improvement 3 $42,096.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $35,758.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $43,565.67
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $39,001.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $39,291.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 3 $47,701.33
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 3 $43,620.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $52,475.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $43,323.67
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $53,989.67
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $47,054.00
National Cemetery Administration 3 $50,866.00
Women's Bureau 3 $53,281.67
Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer 2 $52,117.00
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $52,117.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $62,566.50
Federal Technology Service 2 $37,897.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $43,511.50
Offices of the Regional Administrators 2 $49,867.50
Administration for Community Living 2 $40,912.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $45,283.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 2 $48,818.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $49,657.50
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 2 $50,231.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $47,959.00
Institute of Museum and Library Services 2 $52,794.00
U.S. Institute of Peace 2 $70,329.50
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 2 $53,000.00
Peace Corps 2 $56,558.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $26,460.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $33,552.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $47,380.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $40,612.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $50,087.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $51,440.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $51,440.00
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 1 $52,794.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget 1 $51,440.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $58,318.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $58,318.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 1 $53,830.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $55,326.00
Assistant Secretary for Diversity & Inclusion 1 $56,822.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $52,689.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $45,225.00
Federal Student Aid 1 $38,487.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $38,487.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $38,499.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $42,898.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $39,599.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $39,599.00
Office of Field Policy and Management 1 $42,898.00
National Council on Disability 1 $36,299.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $33,000.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $47,669.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (Department of Labor) 1 $47,669.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $46,447.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $48,269.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $46,447.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $40,337.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $47,669.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $47,669.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $43,729.97. The highest paid Secretary made $102,672 in 2006.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 16,457
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 648
ZS - Administrative Support 320
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 278
CG - Corporate Graded 122
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 118
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 111
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 76
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 44
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 42
CE - Contract Education--year Long 41
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 14
PG - Printing Office Grades 13
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 11
CY - Contract Education--school Year 11
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
MA - Milk Marketing 9
CU - Credit Union Employees 8
HU - Haskell Indian Nations Univ Demo Project 5
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 4
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $57,951 in 2021.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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