Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2007

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $44,813.68* *Based on the 2007 average.
17,233 EMPLOYEES
$771.47M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 15th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2007, with 17,233 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2007, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $41,031.

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 2,958 $41,030.52
Veterans Health Administration 2,273 $39,927.96
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,087 $45,774.46
Federal Aviation Administration 676 $44,246.69
Environmental Protection Agency 456 $50,269.52
Indian Health Service 453 $36,790.61
Department of State 428 $51,146.43
National Institutes of Health 341 $50,860.45
Federal Bureau of Investigation 319 $56,832.23
Offices, Boards and Divisions 286 $46,452.14
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 271 $46,252.83
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 259 $46,985.27
Drug Enforcement Administration 259 $48,826.93
Department of Energy 253 $48,876.75
Natural Resources Conservation Service 221 $41,213.36
Social Security Administration 220 $43,143.68
Agricultural Research Service 219 $41,876.97
Bureau of the Census 215 $40,691.47
National Park Service 210 $42,167.72
Indian Affairs 208 $37,279.49
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 187 $52,056.19
U.S. Coast Guard 171 $43,780.41
National Institute of Standards and Technology 164 $47,684.73
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 150 $47,604.20
Bureau of Land Management 147 $43,925.16
National Labor Relations Board 147 $47,535.27
Bureau of Reclamation 141 $40,451.50
Food and Drug Administration 141 $46,503.24
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 129 $40,351.60
Forest Service 124 $45,003.04
Geological Survey 122 $49,397.02
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 121 $58,741.52
Farm Service Agency 110 $45,704.01
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 106 $42,686.61
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 101 $49,197.49
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 100 $45,793.18
Securities and Exchange Commission 100 $55,560.72
Goddard Space Flight Center 97 $48,445.89
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 87 $48,826.82
Headquarters, Nasa 78 $53,055.97
Rural Housing Service 76 $44,411.67
Transportation Security Administration 76 $45,101.75
Federal Emergency Management Agency 74 $45,319.09
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 73 $46,190.67
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 71 $41,828.28
Food Safety and Inspection Service 67 $43,969.87
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 67 $44,729.87
Employment Standards Administration 65 $41,600.29
Veterans Benefits Administration 63 $43,114.56
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 63 $44,878.33
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 62 $47,953.21
National Archives and Records Administration 54 $42,439.41
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 53 $48,469.19
John F. Kennedy Space Center 52 $44,227.44
Health Resources and Services Administration 52 $45,986.69
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 51 $44,192.57
Mine Safety and Health Administration 48 $46,802.29
47 $61,859.32
Langley Research Center 45 $45,419.60
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 44 $53,442.70
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 43 $39,552.09
Food and Nutrition Service 42 $47,188.40
Bureau of Labor Statistics 42 $46,100.19
Departmental Offices 39 $54,048.15
Agency for International Development 39 $56,668.05
Office of Thrift Supervision 39 $57,841.64
National Science Foundation 37 $56,259.70
U.S. Trustee Program 37 $52,305.76
Agricultural Marketing Service 36 $45,950.42
Office of Comptroller of Currency 36 $66,348.53
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 36 $42,568.86
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 35 $45,036.14
Employee Benefits Security Administration 33 $42,457.09
Federal Trade Commission 33 $50,236.64
Patent and Trademark Office 32 $49,935.56
International Trade Administration 32 $50,930.44
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 31 $51,380.35
Bureau of the Public Debt 31 $40,471.61
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 31 $46,610.19
Rural Utilities Service 30 $46,461.57
National Agricultural Statistics Service 30 $46,513.13
Federal Highway Administration 25 $44,101.32
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 25 $45,007.88
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 24 $50,452.79
U.S. Mint 23 $48,635.26
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 23 $38,205.13
Federal Acquisition Service 23 $45,205.57
Risk Management Agency 22 $45,387.45
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 22 $45,874.55
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 21 $51,826.62
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 20 $47,654.90
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 20 $49,546.40
Railroad Retirement Board 20 $60,536.20
National Gallery of Art 20 $37,994.30
Employment and Training Administration 20 $44,791.85
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 19 $46,844.37
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 19 $50,099.16
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 16 $54,988.25
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 16 $51,376.56
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 16 $45,949.81
Ames Research Center 16 $55,699.50
U.S. Marshals Service 16 $49,027.50
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 16 $52,714.13
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 15 $42,003.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 15 $46,210.27
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $54,758.50
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 14 $48,750.14
Office of Justice Programs 14 $45,300.79
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 14 $51,816.36
Departmental Administration 13 $50,103.92
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 13 $47,539.85
Office of the Director 13 $52,130.69
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 13 $47,353.08
Maritime Administration 13 $46,616.54
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 12 $46,855.00
Farm Credit Administration 12 $57,653.25
Bureau of Industry and Security 12 $51,656.00
Federal Transit Administration 12 $48,714.58
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 12 $46,592.17
Administration for Children and Families 11 $48,030.27
Broadcasting Board of Governors 11 $48,332.36
Federal Election Commission 11 $47,971.55
Government Printing Office 11 $44,758.18
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 11 $52,440.18
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 10 $43,209.10
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 10 $48,736.20
National Endowment for the Humanities 10 $49,180.60
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 10 $62,928.00
Small Business Administration 10 $47,482.90
Public Buildings Service 9 $50,783.11
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $51,109.78
Office of Personnel Management 9 $49,203.22
Selective Service System 9 $53,671.33
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 9 $42,765.11
Financial Management Service 9 $46,623.67
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 9 $47,485.78
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 9 $46,446.11
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 9 $48,721.22
National Credit Union Administration 8 $48,259.13
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 8 $47,196.88
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 8 $44,302.25
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 8 $50,397.75
Civil Rights 7 $45,966.29
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $52,059.14
Federal Labor Relations Authority 7 $52,676.57
Consumer Product Safety Commission 7 $53,018.29
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 7 $52,804.29
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 7 $52,554.14
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 7 $46,483.71
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 6 $66,543.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $50,265.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 6 $47,807.17
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 6 $61,425.83
Commission on Civil Rights 6 $44,228.00
Office for Civil Rights 6 $47,581.83
Office of Secretary of Labor 5 $57,333.60
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 5 $49,865.40
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 5 $47,869.40
Program Support Center 5 $58,972.20
National Appeals Division 5 $45,267.40
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 5 $50,018.20
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $47,253.60
National Transportation Safety Board 5 $48,908.00
U.S. Secret Service 5 $52,158.60
Economic Development Administration 4 $53,562.75
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $55,344.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 4 $48,001.25
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $49,361.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $35,413.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 4 $46,985.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $49,811.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 3 $49,466.67
Assistant Secretary for Administration 3 $46,724.33
Office of Innovation and Improvement 3 $43,210.33
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 3 $38,895.00
U.S. International Trade Commission 3 $53,731.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $39,122.33
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $57,728.33
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 3 $49,497.67
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 3 $56,452.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $46,479.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $39,888.67
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $55,979.33
Economic Research Service 3 $60,108.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $46,164.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 3 $49,434.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 3 $42,545.67
Minority Business Development Agency 3 $53,338.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $44,465.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 3 $51,882.67
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2 $53,624.50
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 2 $47,593.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $51,743.50
Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer 2 $54,194.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 2 $50,082.50
National Cemetery Administration 2 $52,657.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $54,392.50
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 2 $58,500.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $52,294.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $47,113.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $46,482.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $51,618.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $45,227.50
Peace Corps 2 $61,357.50
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 2 $51,563.50
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $43,338.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $46,544.50
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $35,450.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $55,773.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $57,188.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $59,852.00
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs (Department of Labor) 1 $48,933.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $40,646.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $46,041.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $59,852.00
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 1 $48,678.00
Women's Bureau 1 $52,805.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $41,151.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $44,032.00
Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission 1 $43,453.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $47,678.00
Office of Postsecondary Education 1 $39,501.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $50,025.00
Office of General Counsel (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $54,194.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $43,075.00
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1 $48,933.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $52,805.00
Office of Special Counsel 1 $42,903.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $35,001.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 1 $48,933.00
Office of Government Ethics 1 $49,933.00
Assistant Secretary for Diversity & Inclusion 1 $59,952.00
National Council on Disability 1 $39,517.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $51,415.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $27,159.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $48,635.00
Office of General Counsel (General Services Administration) 1 $37,990.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $42,659.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $44,813.68. The highest paid Secretary made $110,147 in 2007.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 14,383
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 1,030
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 611
ZS - Administrative Support 357
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 307
CG - Corporate Graded 121
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 100
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 76
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 65
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 39
CE - Contract Education--year Long 37
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 36
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 12
PG - Printing Office Grades 11
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 10
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 9
CU - Credit Union Employees 8
HU - Haskell Indian Nations Univ Demo Project 4
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3
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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