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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.")

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 3,001 $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
Bureau of 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
Transportation Security Administration 118 $44,337.93
Goddard Space Flight Center 118 $46,081.58
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
Bureau of Immigration & 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
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 65 $41,426.61
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 65 $47,209.20
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
Mine Safety and Health Administration 52 $44,938.67
Agricultural Marketing Service 52 $45,131.81
Food and Nutrition Service 50 $44,925.84
International Trade Administration 46 $49,217.72
46 $60,266.30
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 45 $41,317.80
Bureau of Labor Statistics 44 $45,007.14
Office of Comptroller of Currency 44 $60,466.00
Departmental Offices 44 $52,277.30
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 44 $44,379.77
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
Employee Benefits Security Administration 37 $40,667.43
National Science Foundation 37 $54,073.76
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
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 31 $46,181.77
Patent and Trademark Office 31 $49,970.03
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 30 $42,968.43
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 30 $50,545.13
Federal Highway Administration 28 $44,059.57
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 28 $43,413.29
U.S. Mint 26 $48,289.62
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 25 $47,099.80
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 25 $45,088.36
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 23 $44,152.52
National Gallery of Art 23 $39,769.70
U.S. Marshals Service 22 $46,900.77
Employment and Training Administration 22 $44,122.64
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 22 $47,417.82
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 22 $45,158.45
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $48,835.90
Risk Management Agency 20 $43,942.25
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 20 $46,202.65
Ames Research Center 20 $51,771.90
Railroad Retirement Board 20 $58,797.25
Federal Supply Service 20 $42,765.45
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 19 $50,012.68
Office of Secretary of Transportation 18 $51,879.89
Public Buildings Service 17 $42,998.59
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 17 $51,375.53
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 17 $50,239.29
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 17 $44,658.41
Maritime Administration 17 $44,458.06
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 17 $54,054.06
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 16 $45,947.81
Office of Justice Programs 16 $44,384.88
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 16 $45,548.63
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 14 $59,194.07
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 14 $47,335.07
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 14 $45,369.43
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 14 $49,713.00
Office of the Director 14 $49,777.29
Financial Management Service 14 $43,693.86
Departmental Administration 14 $46,733.64
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 14 $45,840.79
Bureau of Industry and Security 14 $49,393.36
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 13 $44,889.15
Administration for Children and Families 13 $46,788.08
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 13 $41,819.62
Broadcasting Board of Governors 13 $48,318.23
Government Printing Office 13 $41,691.23
Federal Transit Administration 13 $45,720.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 12 $49,142.42
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 12 $46,249.67
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 12 $41,837.33
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 12 $46,565.08
Small Business Administration 11 $44,908.64
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 11 $43,566.45
Farm Credit Administration 11 $57,302.73
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 Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 10 $45,481.80
Office of Personnel Management 10 $47,601.40
Civil Rights 10 $43,896.00
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
John C. Stennis Space Center 9 $41,731.33
Selective Service System 9 $51,896.22
Office of the Chief Economist 9 $51,161.44
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 8 $51,465.38
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $50,969.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $47,123.88
National Credit Union Administration 8 $45,078.13
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 of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 7 $51,076.43
Office for Civil Rights 6 $46,367.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $41,355.33
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 6 $58,810.50
Bureau of Economic Analysis 6 $46,875.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 6 $49,469.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 6 $55,188.33
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
National Appeals Division 5 $44,578.60
Economic Research Service 5 $54,173.80
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 5 $47,697.20
Minority Business Development Agency 5 $45,565.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 5 $39,721.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $49,053.60
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $47,251.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $46,149.75
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $55,266.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $48,489.50
Economic Development Administration 4 $52,205.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 4 $49,927.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $53,617.25
Office of Communications and Outreach 4 $46,723.00
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $47,748.50
Federal Communications Commission 4 $46,228.25
U.S. Secret Service 4 $54,354.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $35,495.25
Ous for Science and Technology 4 $52,349.25
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 4 $40,514.25
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 4 $48,080.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 4 $50,863.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 4 $47,809.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $43,565.67
Armed Forces Retirement Home 3 $39,001.67
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 3 $47,054.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 3 $47,701.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $39,291.67
Women's Bureau 3 $53,281.67
National Cemetery Administration 3 $50,866.00
Office of Innovation and Improvement 3 $42,096.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $52,475.67
Assistant Secretary for Administration 3 $43,620.67
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $35,758.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $43,323.67
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $53,989.67
Federal Technology Service 2 $37,897.50
Administration for Community Living 2 $40,912.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $45,283.50
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 the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $49,657.50
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $52,117.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $43,511.50
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 2 $48,818.50
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 2 $50,231.50
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $62,566.50
Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer 2 $52,117.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $47,959.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 2 $49,867.50
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 1 $52,794.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $38,487.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $26,460.00
Office of Management (Department of Education) 1 $55,326.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $47,669.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $40,612.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $38,499.00
Federal Student Aid 1 $38,487.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $33,000.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $39,599.00
Office of Management and Budget 1 $47,669.00
Assistant Secretary for Diversity & Inclusion 1 $56,822.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $46,447.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $58,318.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget 1 $51,440.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $50,087.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $52,689.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $51,440.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 1 $48,269.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $47,380.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $40,337.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $39,599.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $33,552.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $51,440.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $46,447.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (Department of Labor) 1 $47,669.00
Office of Field Policy and Management 1 $42,898.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $45,225.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $58,318.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $47,669.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $42,898.00
National Council on Disability 1 $36,299.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Education) 1 $53,830.00

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
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
CY - Contract Education--school Year 11
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 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: $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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