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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2008

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $46,575.35* *Based on the 2008 average.
16,329 EMPLOYEES
$760.06M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 19th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2008, with 16,329 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $42,585.

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 2,817 $42,585.23
Veterans Health Administration 2,275 $40,918.02
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,057 $47,549.38
Federal Aviation Administration 679 $45,424.22
Indian Health Service 454 $38,410.25
Environmental Protection Agency 442 $52,380.43
Department of State 390 $53,646.01
Federal Bureau of Investigation 308 $60,141.55
National Institutes of Health 299 $53,473.49
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 270 $47,839.43
Offices, Boards and Divisions 264 $48,358.79
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 243 $49,663.83
Department of Energy 242 $50,546.71
Bureau of the Census 235 $42,646.35
Drug Enforcement Administration 218 $52,047.25
Social Security Administration 205 $45,257.47
Indian Affairs 205 $39,716.16
Natural Resources Conservation Service 198 $43,120.08
Agricultural Research Service 194 $43,558.52
National Park Service 190 $44,050.62
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 181 $55,459.03
U.S. Coast Guard 161 $45,370.62
National Institute of Standards and Technology 156 $52,095.03
National Labor Relations Board 144 $48,758.96
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 144 $49,839.16
Bureau of Land Management 143 $46,523.90
Bureau of Reclamation 140 $41,944.89
Food and Drug Administration 130 $48,553.94
Forest Service 128 $46,347.27
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 118 $60,979.88
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 114 $41,641.12
Geological Survey 112 $51,548.03
Farm Service Agency 106 $46,913.59
Securities and Exchange Commission 99 $58,924.44
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 99 $47,821.27
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 94 $51,642.72
Goddard Space Flight Center 86 $50,219.45
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 83 $50,930.39
Federal Emergency Management Agency 81 $48,271.67
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 78 $43,610.79
Rural Housing Service 74 $46,380.74
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 71 $43,695.13
Headquarters, Nasa 69 $55,778.57
Transportation Security Administration 67 $47,100.88
Food Safety and Inspection Service 61 $47,413.74
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 59 $47,701.73
Employment Standards Administration 58 $42,830.43
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 58 $49,439.72
Veterans Benefits Administration 58 $45,360.86
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 58 $47,092.40
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 54 $47,860.17
National Archives and Records Administration 52 $44,402.58
Mine Safety and Health Administration 50 $47,684.38
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 47 $51,154.09
Health Resources and Services Administration 47 $48,689.23
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 46 $46,506.89
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 44 $40,617.45
John F. Kennedy Space Center 44 $45,934.11
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 43 $55,811.51
National Science Foundation 42 $57,670.98
Food and Nutrition Service 42 $49,133.12
Office of Thrift Supervision 41 $59,587.90
Agency for International Development 39 $58,156.79
Bureau of Labor Statistics 38 $48,262.11
Agricultural Marketing Service 37 $49,166.14
Departmental Offices 36 $58,250.89
Langley Research Center 35 $46,318.91
Office of Comptroller of Currency 35 $69,436.77
U.S. Trustee Program 35 $54,741.94
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 34 $46,913.09
National Agricultural Statistics Service 29 $48,360.62
Patent and Trademark Office 29 $52,721.93
29 $45,116.83
Bureau of the Public Debt 27 $42,614.11
Rural Utilities Service 26 $50,409.27
Federal Trade Commission 26 $54,571.58
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 25 $51,646.16
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 25 $47,999.64
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 24 $53,447.42
International Trade Administration 24 $53,061.63
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 23 $48,069.13
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 22 $39,131.23
21 $59,639.38
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 21 $51,037.14
Risk Management Agency 21 $47,465.48
Federal Acquisition Service 20 $47,003.40
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 19 $50,158.11
Railroad Retirement Board 19 $63,223.84
Federal Highway Administration 18 $46,105.72
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 18 $53,595.50
U.S. Mint 17 $52,220.94
Ames Research Center 16 $58,581.19
National Gallery of Art 16 $41,840.13
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 16 $50,433.69
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 16 $55,659.31
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 16 $47,336.88
Departmental Administration 15 $51,941.73
Maritime Administration 15 $48,307.73
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 15 $48,739.67
Employment and Training Administration 15 $46,673.47
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 15 $50,587.40
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 15 $54,222.07
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 14 $50,246.64
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 14 $54,735.07
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 14 $50,045.15
Dryden Flight Research Center 13 $52,581.77
Office of Secretary of Transportation 13 $53,437.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 13 $58,233.62
Office of Justice Programs 13 $47,949.15
Farm Credit Administration 13 $59,555.69
Office of the Director 12 $54,247.17
Federal Election Commission 12 $49,519.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $49,047.55
Bureau of Industry and Security 11 $55,855.82
U.S. Marshals Service 11 $51,073.09
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 11 $47,795.27
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 11 $46,841.09
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 10 $49,455.60
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 10 $53,083.20
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 10 $51,816.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 9 $50,725.00
Office of Personnel Management 9 $51,658.89
Small Business Administration 9 $50,123.56
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 9 $48,724.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 9 $50,621.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 9 $66,059.11
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 9 $46,823.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 9 $54,878.00
Public Buildings Service 8 $53,977.50
Government Printing Office 8 $48,558.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 8 $55,547.75
Administration for Children and Families 8 $50,169.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 7 $51,366.57
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 7 $49,013.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 7 $51,250.14
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 7 $55,554.71
Selective Service System 7 $55,097.00
Federal Transit Administration 7 $52,091.86
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 7 $48,211.29
Civil Rights 7 $46,289.00
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $54,997.57
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 7 $45,741.43
Financial Management Service 6 $50,021.83
National Credit Union Administration 6 $49,929.17
Office for Civil Rights 6 $49,394.17
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 6 $57,807.33
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $50,260.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 6 $53,458.17
Commission on Civil Rights 6 $47,315.83
National Appeals Division 5 $46,834.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 5 $74,532.60
Federal Labor Relations Authority 5 $55,133.40
Bureau of Economic Analysis 5 $49,801.80
John C. Stennis Space Center 5 $49,520.60
Consumer Product Safety Commission 5 $55,315.60
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $51,397.20
Office of Secretary of Labor 5 $55,812.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 5 $50,626.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 5 $46,601.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 5 $48,538.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $55,016.50
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 4 $66,550.50
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $53,268.25
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 4 $56,816.50
U.S. Secret Service 4 $59,757.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 4 $51,586.75
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $58,233.25
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $51,937.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $42,190.33
Office of Communications and Outreach 3 $50,074.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 3 $56,028.67
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 3 $35,917.67
Program Support Center 3 $49,666.67
Minority Business Development Agency 3 $57,759.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $34,103.67
Ous for Science and Technology 3 $55,416.33
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 3 $41,951.33
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $49,729.33
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 3 $43,739.00
Government National Mortgage Association 3 $58,493.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 3 $52,700.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $49,403.67
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 3 $54,995.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $49,813.50
Economic Development Administration 2 $62,616.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $53,656.50
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 2 $40,235.50
Office of Innovation and Improvement 2 $46,525.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 2 $54,796.50
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 2 $53,874.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $49,304.50
Federal Communications Commission 2 $50,262.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $48,567.50
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 2 $50,158.50
National Cemetery Administration 2 $54,617.00
Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer 2 $56,784.50
Peace Corps 2 $68,338.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $56,244.50
Economic Research Service 2 $60,215.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $48,108.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $44,572.00
Women's Bureau 1 $55,472.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $62,546.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $46,511.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $49,814.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $46,460.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $51,124.00
Immediate Office of the Administrator 1 $54,470.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $43,372.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $59,858.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $55,172.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $42,471.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $47,641.00
National Council on Disability 1 $41,291.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $58,233.00
National Technical Information Service 1 $48,261.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $53,720.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $62,142.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $52,268.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $36,572.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $61,800.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $37,039.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $28,379.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $46,575.35. The highest paid Secretary made $110,993 in 2008.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 13,497
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 1,006
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 608
ZS - Administrative Support 341
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 327
CG - Corporate Graded 118
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 99
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 71
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 67
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 41
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 34
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 21
CY - Contract Education--school Year 15
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 13
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 9
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 6
CU - Credit Union Employees 6
HU - Haskell Indian Nations Univ Demo Project 4
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3

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

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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