Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $49,596.52* *Based on the 2011 average.
14,338 EMPLOYEES
$710.12M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 21st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 14,338 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $44,750.

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 2,695 $44,749.66
Veterans Health Administration 2,261 $43,826.51
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,061 $50,083.83
Federal Aviation Administration 542 $48,406.02
Indian Health Service 384 $41,316.21
Department of State 362 $57,224.93
Environmental Protection Agency 335 $57,266.68
Federal Bureau of Investigation 302 $64,769.23
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 238 $51,667.96
National Institutes of Health 237 $57,787.78
Drug Enforcement Administration 216 $55,264.46
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 210 $53,853.10
Offices, Boards and Divisions 203 $53,194.60
Bureau of the Census 191 $45,988.60
Indian Affairs 188 $41,868.26
U.S. Coast Guard 165 $48,848.10
Agricultural Research Service 161 $47,748.30
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 159 $59,306.23
Natural Resources Conservation Service 156 $47,177.37
National Institute of Standards and Technology 156 $55,620.52
Department of Energy 150 $54,684.36
National Park Service 150 $46,615.09
Social Security Administration 149 $47,791.08
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 141 $67,236.09
National Labor Relations Board 130 $52,464.49
Bureau of Reclamation 128 $43,511.93
Bureau of Land Management 125 $50,005.71
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 108 $54,254.21
Forest Service 107 $48,696.55
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 101 $50,904.27
Food and Drug Administration 97 $52,368.40
Geological Survey 91 $54,622.01
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 86 $47,585.80
Farm Service Agency 84 $50,619.82
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 68 $49,568.71
Headquarters, Nasa 68 $61,295.47
Securities and Exchange Commission 68 $65,088.25
Goddard Space Flight Center 67 $52,964.25
Rural Housing Service 67 $49,715.76
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 63 $56,707.13
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 56 $52,264.43
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 55 $48,195.72
Mine Safety and Health Administration 55 $51,463.07
Federal Emergency Management Agency 52 $50,003.96
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 51 $45,581.06
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 46 $47,936.98
Food Safety and Inspection Service 44 $52,973.11
Veterans Benefits Administration 44 $47,623.77
Agency for International Development 43 $61,244.88
National Archives and Records Administration 41 $48,572.39
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 39 $56,244.92
Office of Comptroller of Currency 38 $77,616.37
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 37 $51,852.51
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 37 $59,962.59
Transportation Security Administration 35 $53,379.11
Health Resources and Services Administration 34 $51,854.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 33 $42,669.45
Agricultural Marketing Service 33 $54,105.70
Bureau of Labor Statistics 32 $52,597.00
Food and Nutrition Service 31 $53,981.61
National Science Foundation 30 $62,947.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 30 $50,774.03
U.S. Trustee Program 30 $59,059.57
Employee Benefits Security Administration 30 $47,460.10
Departmental Offices 29 $63,690.55
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 28 $39,092.96
Patent and Trademark Office 27 $56,257.78
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 27 $59,422.48
Langley Research Center 27 $49,653.07
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 27 $42,937.67
National Agricultural Statistics Service 25 $52,902.60
International Trade Administration 23 $58,408.87
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 21 $52,503.95
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 20 $52,886.85
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 20 $50,691.25
John F. Kennedy Space Center 20 $50,006.55
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 19 $53,098.74
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 18 $56,933.94
Employment and Training Administration 17 $50,653.71
Risk Management Agency 17 $51,090.82
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 17 $60,896.41
Rural Utilities Service 17 $56,684.47
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 17 $56,954.29
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 15 $51,763.87
Railroad Retirement Board 15 $66,867.53
Office of Secretary of Transportation 15 $59,877.13
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 15 $58,114.53
Departmental Administration 15 $56,536.87
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 14 $47,013.43
Bureau of the Public Debt 14 $43,012.21
U.S. Mint 14 $54,762.07
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 13 $52,655.46
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 13 $61,525.08
Farm Credit Administration 13 $69,794.23
12 $59,902.08
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $57,512.92
Office of the Director 11 $59,973.09
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 11 $51,126.73
National Protection and Programs Directorate 11 $49,591.27
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 11 $47,103.90
Dryden Flight Research Center 11 $55,573.64
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 11 $52,414.00
Federal Highway Administration 11 $51,682.73
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 10 $53,077.40
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 10 $52,070.40
Federal Acquisition Service 10 $48,566.90
Office of Justice Programs 10 $51,481.40
Ames Research Center 10 $62,732.30
Maritime Administration 10 $54,169.10
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 9 $61,068.11
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 9 $52,291.00
Federal Election Commission 9 $56,128.00
Government Printing Office 9 $52,616.00
National Gallery of Art 9 $44,958.11
Office of Personnel Management 8 $55,807.63
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 8 $58,073.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 8 $55,723.38
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 8 $46,750.63
Small Business Administration 7 $55,882.29
Federal Trade Commission 7 $62,433.14
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $61,932.14
National Endowment for the Humanities 7 $61,101.29
Commission on Civil Rights 7 $49,951.14
Civil Rights 7 $55,347.29
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 6 $60,258.50
Selective Service System 6 $54,871.67
Public Buildings Service 6 $57,869.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 6 $59,267.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 6 $47,578.83
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $54,845.40
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 5 $51,847.40
Administration for Children and Families 5 $52,427.40
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 5 $47,632.20
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 5 $53,932.80
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 5 $76,585.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $59,082.40
Bureau of Economic Analysis 5 $51,693.00
National Credit Union Administration 5 $58,835.80
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 5 $52,923.80
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 5 $67,466.40
Minority Business Development Agency 4 $42,685.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $74,070.75
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $38,397.00
U.S. Marshals Service 4 $54,728.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $56,346.75
Wage and Hour Division 4 $54,437.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 4 $52,744.75
Office for Civil Rights 4 $51,691.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 4 $48,371.25
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 4 $55,179.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 4 $51,398.75
Federal Transit Administration 4 $55,709.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $54,846.25
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 4 $50,487.75
National Appeals Division 4 $55,248.25
Foreign Agricultural Service 4 $56,494.25
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $62,405.25
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $56,968.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $55,944.67
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 3 $56,825.67
Ous for Science and Technology 3 $62,537.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $54,880.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $56,666.33
Financial Management Service 3 $37,159.67
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $41,780.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $53,157.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $48,224.67
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $69,531.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $52,790.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $62,565.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $61,435.67
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $52,125.00
Program Support Center 2 $40,423.00
Peace Corps 2 $66,648.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $54,972.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 2 $67,120.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $61,315.00
National Cemetery Administration 2 $41,718.50
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $61,552.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $53,581.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $54,474.50
Economic Research Service 2 $66,699.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $54,171.50
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $62,812.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $62,977.50
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $46,843.00
Office of Communications (Department of Agriculture) 1 $30,456.00
Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs 1 $63,673.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $49,375.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $67,114.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $60,765.00
Office Assistant Secretary for Health 1 $46,745.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $73,917.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $54,476.00
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 1 $64,439.00
Economics and Statistics Administration 1 $68,230.00
Office of Innovation and Improvement 1 $46,431.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $58,511.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $47,838.00
Executive Office for Immigration Review 1 $57,649.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $54,875.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $48,303.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $49,246.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $41,037.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $61,465.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $59,505.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $61,952.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 1 $53,468.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $61,452.00
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau 1 $56,092.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $61,678.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $72,022.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 1 $55,675.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $65,893.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $45,838.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $49,246.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $67,114.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $67,600.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $56,791.00
Office of Emergency Response and Recovery 1 $59,207.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $41,780.00
Women's Bureau 1 $60,765.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $49,596.52. The highest paid Secretary made $130,646 in 2011.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 11,763
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 1,023
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 526
ZS - Administrative Support 316
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 273
CG - Corporate Graded 141
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 68
AO - Management Support Career Path 44
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 38
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 32
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 16
CY - Contract Education--school Year 14
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 13
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 11
PG - Printing Office Grades 9
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 4
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 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 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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