Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $48,305.10* *Based on the 2009 average.
15,808 EMPLOYEES
$762.4M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 20th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 15,808 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $43,724.

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 2,831 $43,724.36
Veterans Health Administration 2,306 $42,350.35
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,065 $49,005.84
Federal Aviation Administration 645 $46,882.60
Indian Health Service 437 $39,846.25
Environmental Protection Agency 409 $54,665.69
Department of State 379 $56,110.53
Federal Bureau of Investigation 320 $62,322.70
National Institutes of Health 279 $56,344.09
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 270 $50,620.89
Offices, Boards and Divisions 250 $50,614.09
Bureau of the Census 228 $43,929.79
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 221 $52,236.16
Drug Enforcement Administration 221 $53,824.22
Department of Energy 221 $52,237.57
Indian Affairs 192 $41,464.47
Social Security Administration 186 $46,857.16
Natural Resources Conservation Service 183 $45,427.99
National Park Service 180 $45,047.90
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 174 $56,505.59
U.S. Coast Guard 161 $47,540.24
Agricultural Research Service 160 $46,445.74
National Institute of Standards and Technology 158 $54,220.73
National Labor Relations Board 138 $51,038.17
Bureau of Land Management 137 $47,515.38
Bureau of Reclamation 135 $42,913.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 127 $64,293.84
Food and Drug Administration 127 $50,061.10
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 125 $51,741.63
Forest Service 117 $48,211.23
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 111 $44,575.32
Geological Survey 101 $53,457.90
Farm Service Agency 100 $49,108.72
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 100 $49,347.05
Securities and Exchange Commission 100 $61,867.49
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 89 $53,320.95
Goddard Space Flight Center 86 $51,879.52
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 78 $54,482.21
Headquarters, Nasa 74 $58,360.54
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 70 $45,822.13
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 70 $46,552.65
Federal Emergency Management Agency 68 $50,193.60
Rural Housing Service 67 $48,059.09
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 57 $50,706.44
Food Safety and Inspection Service 57 $49,788.54
Veterans Benefits Administration 57 $46,549.09
Employment Standards Administration 56 $43,786.86
Mine Safety and Health Administration 54 $50,185.81
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 54 $50,447.41
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 53 $49,028.45
Transportation Security Administration 52 $49,903.65
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 50 $48,393.96
National Archives and Records Administration 47 $47,472.34
Food and Nutrition Service 46 $51,196.67
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 44 $58,433.18
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 43 $54,198.56
Health Resources and Services Administration 41 $50,564.24
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 39 $49,960.51
Office of Comptroller of Currency 39 $70,225.54
Office of Thrift Supervision 39 $62,898.87
National Science Foundation 38 $61,848.05
Bureau of Labor Statistics 38 $50,910.66
Agricultural Marketing Service 37 $50,941.14
John F. Kennedy Space Center 36 $47,395.83
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 36 $43,751.61
U.S. Trustee Program 35 $57,333.74
Agency for International Development 33 $62,485.58
Langley Research Center 32 $48,453.78
National Agricultural Statistics Service 31 $50,373.45
Patent and Trademark Office 31 $53,672.32
Departmental Offices 31 $62,029.61
Employee Benefits Security Administration 30 $46,821.37
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 27 $50,393.59
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 24 $49,548.50
Federal Trade Commission 23 $57,664.26
Rural Utilities Service 21 $55,121.38
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 21 $51,538.43
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 21 $57,777.71
International Trade Administration 21 $56,971.43
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 21 $51,520.19
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 20 $52,790.75
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 20 $41,426.50
Risk Management Agency 20 $48,328.65
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 19 $55,251.68
Railroad Retirement Board 18 $66,830.61
Bureau of the Public Debt 18 $41,397.89
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 18 $54,561.89
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 18 $54,473.78
U.S. Mint 17 $52,953.59
Departmental Administration 16 $56,262.69
Employment and Training Administration 16 $48,325.69
Office of Secretary of Transportation 16 $57,719.88
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 16 $49,353.94
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 15 $51,998.47
Federal Highway Administration 15 $48,574.73
Federal Acquisition Service 15 $47,594.00
15 $59,841.47
Ames Research Center 15 $61,557.60
Maritime Administration 14 $51,453.07
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 14 $54,100.57
Office of Justice Programs 14 $48,594.14
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 14 $58,155.29
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 13 $56,518.46
National Gallery of Art 13 $41,913.77
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 13 $50,574.85
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 13 $56,622.69
Dryden Flight Research Center 12 $54,888.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 12 $51,800.75
Office of the Director 12 $57,188.42
Federal Election Commission 11 $52,901.18
Bureau of Industry and Security 10 $58,462.70
Farm Credit Administration 10 $63,068.10
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 10 $51,102.20
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 10 $47,419.30
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 10 $47,917.00
Small Business Administration 9 $52,651.44
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 9 $51,283.78
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 9 $55,415.89
Government Printing Office 9 $50,824.56
Office of Personnel Management 8 $54,956.50
U.S. Marshals Service 8 $51,770.88
Public Buildings Service 8 $56,848.00
Civil Rights 8 $50,190.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 8 $55,468.75
National Endowment for the Humanities 8 $59,181.00
Administration for Children and Families 7 $50,294.14
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 7 $45,156.43
Selective Service System 7 $57,844.57
Federal Transit Administration 7 $54,324.43
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 7 $58,727.57
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $52,387.86
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $59,278.29
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 6 $58,803.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 6 $55,549.67
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $50,315.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 6 $53,686.83
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 6 $69,095.17
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 6 $56,717.83
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 6 $67,743.83
Commission on Civil Rights 6 $50,019.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 6 $69,733.17
Office of Secretary of Labor 6 $59,233.17
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 6 $48,951.17
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $54,291.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 5 $52,908.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 5 $49,403.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $51,448.00
Financial Management Service 5 $52,636.25
National Appeals Division 5 $49,087.80
Foreign Agricultural Service 5 $57,124.20
Federal Labor Relations Authority 5 $57,920.00
National Credit Union Administration 5 $56,501.20
Office for Civil Rights 5 $52,202.60
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 5 $53,463.60
National Cemetery Administration 4 $42,854.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 4 $55,809.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $60,130.75
Bureau of Economic Analysis 4 $50,812.25
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $41,038.75
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $61,435.00
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $54,731.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $59,051.00
Ous for Science and Technology 3 $58,139.33
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 3 $45,526.67
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 3 $58,184.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $53,015.67
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 3 $41,143.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $54,691.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 3 $58,109.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $50,951.67
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $58,114.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $38,732.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 3 $63,508.33
Program Support Center 3 $52,537.33
U.S. Secret Service 3 $61,662.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 $36,412.50
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $58,977.50
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 2 $60,139.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 2 $50,671.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $46,705.50
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $60,593.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 2 $58,500.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $49,260.00
Office of Innovation and Improvement 2 $49,437.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $52,890.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 2 $52,503.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $51,731.50
Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer 2 $59,904.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $51,890.50
Economic Research Service 2 $64,273.00
Peace Corps 2 $71,115.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $52,887.50
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $46,332.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $29,736.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $53,574.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $44,723.00
Merit Systems Protection Board 1 $48,079.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $59,621.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $60,490.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $65,684.00
Offices of the Regional Administrators 1 $61,559.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $50,865.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $72,164.00
Office of Emergency Response and Recovery 1 $57,811.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $61,612.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $54,768.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $63,095.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $39,924.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $65,151.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $52,089.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $64,760.00
Women's Bureau 1 $59,333.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $45,735.00
Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs 1 $62,170.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $57,362.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $59,333.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $53,574.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $50,204.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $48,305.10. The highest paid Secretary made $116,543 in 2009.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 12,973
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 1,023
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 623
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 333
ZS - Administrative Support 324
CG - Corporate Graded 127
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 100
AO - Management Support Career Path 57
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 52
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 39
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 39
CE - Contract Education--year Long 30
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 22
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 17
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 10
PG - Printing Office Grades 9
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 6
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 3
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 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $52,995 in 2018.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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