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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $49,177.00* *Based on the 2010 average.
15,398 EMPLOYEES
$756.34M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 20th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 15,398 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $43,991.

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 2,940 $43,991.17
Veterans Health Administration 2,312 $43,346.86
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,080 $49,918.97
Federal Aviation Administration 614 $47,710.45
Indian Health Service 413 $40,909.93
Department of State 383 $57,289.07
Environmental Protection Agency 374 $56,540.82
Federal Bureau of Investigation 312 $64,389.43
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 259 $51,385.34
National Institutes of Health 256 $57,531.22
Offices, Boards and Divisions 250 $51,975.66
Drug Enforcement Administration 223 $54,613.52
Bureau of the Census 218 $45,616.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 216 $53,075.12
Department of Energy 215 $53,700.12
Indian Affairs 198 $41,991.55
Natural Resources Conservation Service 171 $46,526.57
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 167 $59,083.50
National Park Service 164 $46,390.63
U.S. Coast Guard 164 $48,543.48
Social Security Administration 162 $47,692.90
Agricultural Research Service 162 $47,881.58
National Institute of Standards and Technology 150 $55,460.59
Bureau of Reclamation 136 $43,246.08
Bureau of Land Management 136 $49,041.18
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 133 $65,522.96
National Labor Relations Board 131 $52,742.24
Food and Drug Administration 117 $51,368.29
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 109 $53,713.58
Forest Service 102 $48,816.86
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 102 $45,876.25
Geological Survey 97 $55,209.18
Farm Service Agency 97 $50,262.24
Securities and Exchange Commission 95 $63,760.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 94 $50,945.65
Goddard Space Flight Center 79 $52,467.71
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 73 $46,369.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 71 $56,065.83
Headquarters, Nasa 70 $61,013.47
Rural Housing Service 67 $49,315.48
Customs and Border Protection 63 $48,641.65
Federal Emergency Management Agency 61 $51,546.20
Employment Standards Administration 58 $42,160.72
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 57 $51,026.16
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 56 $47,987.88
Mine Safety and Health Administration 54 $50,697.39
Food Safety and Inspection Service 53 $51,313.26
Veterans Benefits Administration 51 $49,058.98
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 50 $51,274.30
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 49 $49,251.59
National Archives and Records Administration 46 $48,161.43
Transportation Security Administration 43 $52,215.58
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 42 $56,165.00
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 41 $59,303.78
Health Resources and Services Administration 40 $50,887.10
Office of Thrift Supervision 39 $65,410.13
Office of Comptroller of Currency 37 $73,686.24
U.S. Agency for International Development 36 $63,300.42
Bureau of Labor Statistics 36 $52,118.03
Food and Nutrition Service 35 $53,258.03
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 34 $50,789.56
National Science Foundation 33 $63,495.88
U.S. Trustee Program 33 $58,595.94
Agricultural Marketing Service 33 $54,140.94
Employee Benefits Security Administration 30 $48,209.13
Departmental Offices 30 $63,622.60
Langley Research Center 29 $49,449.66
John F. Kennedy Space Center 29 $49,215.97
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 29 $44,457.86
National Agricultural Statistics Service 26 $52,325.65
Patent and Trademark Office 25 $55,284.96
International Trade Administration 24 $58,548.75
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 23 $51,310.96
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 23 $42,827.91
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 21 $54,779.19
Risk Management Agency 21 $50,234.90
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 20 $48,281.11
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 20 $52,333.70
Rural Utilities Service 20 $56,691.40
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 20 $53,839.10
Railroad Retirement Board 19 $67,360.16
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 19 $58,944.32
Federal Trade Commission 19 $59,809.47
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 19 $58,737.21
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 17 $55,362.29
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 17 $51,034.88
Employment and Training Administration 17 $49,664.18
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 17 $56,150.82
Bureau of the Public Debt 16 $41,760.25
Office of Secretary of Transportation 16 $59,346.38
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 16 $56,319.00
U.S. Mint 15 $57,995.20
14 $56,957.93
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 14 $49,502.86
Departmental Administration 14 $55,436.14
Ames Research Center 13 $62,980.15
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 13 $60,719.62
Office of Justice Programs 13 $50,437.85
Maritime Administration 13 $53,564.46
Federal Acquisition Service 12 $49,275.50
Citizenship and Immigration Services 12 $52,128.08
National Gallery of Art 12 $42,321.75
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $58,789.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 12 $50,385.67
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $55,300.91
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 11 $50,946.45
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 11 $48,494.91
Federal Highway Administration 11 $51,273.73
Office of the Director 10 $59,919.60
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 10 $50,908.40
Dryden Flight Research Center 10 $56,079.00
Federal Election Commission 9 $55,261.00
Office of Personnel Management 9 $51,012.44
Farm Credit Administration 9 $65,415.78
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 9 $52,783.33
Civil Rights 9 $53,481.44
Government Printing Office 8 $52,620.88
Small Business Administration 8 $55,211.88
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 8 $55,016.75
National Endowment for the Humanities 8 $61,406.13
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 8 $56,984.25
Administration for Children and Families 7 $51,659.71
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 7 $56,758.86
Commission on Civil Rights 7 $48,854.43
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $52,998.43
Public Buildings Service 6 $58,069.17
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 6 $51,200.33
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 6 $54,300.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 6 $58,632.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 6 $72,831.83
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 6 $50,342.50
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 6 $60,359.83
Office of the Chief Economist 5 $66,531.20
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 5 $73,376.60
Bureau of Economic Analysis 5 $52,071.40
National Credit Union Administration 5 $56,153.40
Office for Civil Rights 5 $53,293.80
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 5 $55,037.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 5 $56,075.20
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $47,558.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 5 $55,866.80
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 5 $51,239.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 5 $50,408.20
Broadcasting Board of Governors 5 $55,345.40
National Appeals Division 5 $50,523.80
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 5 $75,258.20
Foreign Agricultural Service 5 $58,075.20
Selective Service System 5 $58,070.80
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $54,222.20
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $62,640.75
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $53,872.33
U.S. Marshals Service 4 $52,616.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 4 $68,146.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 4 $63,584.75
Institute of Education Sciences 4 $56,055.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 4 $56,697.25
Federal Transit Administration 4 $55,857.25
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $51,765.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $61,602.33
National Transportation Safety Board 3 $60,586.00
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $61,004.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $54,880.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $55,970.33
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $52,401.33
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 3 $60,166.67
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $59,593.33
Financial Management Service 3 $55,344.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $40,514.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $47,700.33
National Cemetery Administration 3 $49,331.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 2 $53,519.50
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $42,459.50
Program Support Center 2 $40,165.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $54,112.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $60,744.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 2 $48,338.50
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $61,552.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $51,831.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $53,974.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 2 $44,994.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $62,131.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $55,125.00
Peace Corps 2 $66,598.50
Office of Innovation and Improvement 2 $51,586.50
Economic Research Service 2 $66,393.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $54,171.50
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $60,135.00
Department of Veterans Affairs 2 $62,673.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $44,116.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $54,534.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $65,793.00
Inspector General (Department of Veterans Affairs) 1 $67,114.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $73,022.00
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission 1 $65,000.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $66,100.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $67,114.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $73,917.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 1 $61,952.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $56,092.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $41,193.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $53,468.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $72,022.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $59,402.00
Women's Bureau 1 $61,224.00
Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs 1 $63,673.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $60,765.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $51,418.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $55,795.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $61,275.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $30,456.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $61,452.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $67,114.00
Office of Mission Assurance 1 $59,207.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $46,843.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $49,375.00
Office Assistant Secretary for Health 1 $42,209.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $60,998.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $47,838.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $61,952.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 1 $51,940.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $61,678.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $41,780.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $49,177.00. The highest paid Secretary made $123,251 in 2010.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 12,628
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 1,041
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 597
ZS - Administrative Support 313
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 309
CG - Corporate Graded 133
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 95
AO - Management Support Career Path 53
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 43
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 39
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 37
CE - Contract Education--year Long 31
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 17
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 13
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 9
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 6
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 5
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3

Starting Paygrade: $19,738.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $59,907.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Secretary was $40,635. Since then, the average pay has increased to $55,793 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0318.

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