Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2012

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $49,929.35* *Based on the 2012 average.
13,109 EMPLOYEES
$653.33M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 23rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2012, with 13,109 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2012, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $45,482.

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 2,434 $45,481.66
Veterans Health Administration 2,171 $44,044.56
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,031 $49,832.07
Federal Aviation Administration 483 $48,968.32
Indian Health Service 357 $41,773.93
Department of State 335 $57,225.07
Federal Bureau of Investigation 311 $64,666.82
Environmental Protection Agency 306 $57,622.26
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 216 $52,343.01
National Institutes of Health 212 $58,789.85
Drug Enforcement Administration 196 $56,579.82
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 184 $53,970.04
Indian Affairs 167 $41,907.74
Offices, Boards and Divisions 164 $54,342.85
Bureau of the Census 162 $45,570.17
U.S. Coast Guard 160 $49,519.86
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 147 $60,029.20
National Park Service 144 $47,539.54
Social Security Administration 141 $48,244.42
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 140 $68,470.25
Natural Resources Conservation Service 133 $48,395.00
Agricultural Research Service 130 $48,796.95
Department of Energy 129 $54,343.35
Bureau of Reclamation 122 $43,648.61
National Labor Relations Board 118 $52,933.07
Bureau of Land Management 117 $50,036.44
National Institute of Standards and Technology 116 $55,602.93
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 103 $54,165.01
Forest Service 96 $49,031.84
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 93 $50,970.77
Geological Survey 83 $54,759.69
Food and Drug Administration 81 $53,136.91
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 71 $48,733.96
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 66 $47,404.97
Farm Service Agency 62 $51,000.58
Goddard Space Flight Center 59 $52,872.97
Headquarters, Nasa 54 $61,984.61
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 53 $52,957.81
Securities and Exchange Commission 53 $66,856.55
Rural Housing Service 52 $49,485.13
Mine Safety and Health Administration 51 $51,186.61
Federal Emergency Management Agency 47 $51,555.83
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 46 $46,947.59
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 45 $47,873.57
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 44 $50,019.93
Agency for International Development 40 $60,650.23
National Archives and Records Administration 40 $48,282.78
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 39 $57,228.05
Veterans Benefits Administration 39 $49,126.44
Office of Comptroller of Currency 36 $79,181.56
Food Safety and Inspection Service 35 $53,012.29
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 35 $59,368.91
Food and Nutrition Service 33 $55,230.33
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 32 $43,017.47
Agricultural Marketing Service 31 $55,496.81
Bureau of Labor Statistics 30 $53,150.20
Employee Benefits Security Administration 30 $47,421.40
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 30 $56,690.27
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 28 $46,509.54
Patent and Trademark Office 28 $55,819.25
U.S. Trustee Program 27 $59,427.52
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 27 $40,025.59
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 27 $43,757.74
National Science Foundation 26 $63,093.65
Langley Research Center 25 $50,371.96
Health Resources and Services Administration 25 $52,952.80
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 24 $59,681.92
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 24 $42,615.21
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 22 $50,436.27
National Agricultural Statistics Service 22 $53,968.55
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 22 $48,766.18
Transportation Security Administration 21 $55,621.14
Departmental Offices 21 $64,000.00
International Trade Administration 20 $59,159.70
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 20 $50,684.60
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 19 $53,335.79
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 17 $53,604.12
John F. Kennedy Space Center 16 $50,906.94
Office of Secretary of Transportation 16 $59,600.81
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 16 $57,117.50
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 15 $60,752.33
Employment and Training Administration 15 $51,311.93
Risk Management Agency 15 $51,371.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 15 $52,446.67
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 14 $47,498.36
Bureau of the Public Debt 14 $43,201.36
U.S. Mint 14 $55,541.86
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $55,953.21
Rural Utilities Service 14 $55,612.57
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 13 $58,318.62
Railroad Retirement Board 13 $69,130.38
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 13 $53,672.15
12 $58,298.42
Farm Credit Administration 12 $75,419.17
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $57,430.42
National Protection and Programs Directorate 12 $48,215.58
Departmental Administration 11 $58,134.18
Office of the Director 11 $60,595.27
Federal Acquisition Service 11 $48,929.00
Ames Research Center 10 $63,952.90
Dryden Flight Research Center 10 $57,665.90
Maritime Administration 10 $56,373.20
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 9 $59,378.22
Civil Rights 9 $51,335.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 8 $57,999.50
Office of Justice Programs 8 $50,468.75
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 8 $44,376.43
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 8 $53,660.50
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 8 $53,978.88
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 8 $51,176.88
Federal Election Commission 8 $55,575.88
Government Printing Office 8 $53,478.38
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 7 $54,591.00
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $63,441.00
Federal Highway Administration 7 $51,415.14
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 7 $48,113.57
National Gallery of Art 7 $44,222.29
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $49,374.86
Presidio Trust 7 $75,902.86
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 7 $53,080.43
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $51,636.33
Office of Personnel Management 6 $58,950.67
Federal Trade Commission 6 $62,211.17
Selective Service System 6 $55,582.00
Commission on Civil Rights 6 $52,220.67
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 6 $60,653.50
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 5 $72,826.00
National Credit Union Administration 5 $60,013.80
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 5 $44,793.80
National Appeals Division 5 $51,481.60
Small Business Administration 5 $52,554.20
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $56,403.20
Public Buildings Service 5 $59,256.80
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 5 $40,850.60
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 5 $59,844.00
Bureau of Economic Analysis 5 $54,516.40
Federal Transit Administration 4 $56,061.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $63,739.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 4 $43,259.25
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $59,492.75
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 4 $75,864.25
Bureau of Industry and Security 4 $59,929.75
U.S. Marshals Service 4 $55,401.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $57,314.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 4 $53,396.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 4 $48,995.25
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 4 $58,314.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $55,903.75
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 4 $52,037.50
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 4 $71,206.75
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 4 $48,167.50
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $69,381.67
Wage and Hour Division 3 $55,084.33
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $56,413.67
Office for Civil Rights 3 $50,544.33
Administration for Children and Families 3 $51,362.33
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $62,565.33
Ous for Science and Technology 3 $61,302.33
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 3 $55,799.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $55,973.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 3 $57,109.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $57,301.00
Financial Management Service 3 $37,316.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $52,956.67
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $48,467.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $61,269.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 3 $52,023.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $52,991.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $63,672.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $64,477.50
Institute of Education Sciences 2 $55,070.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $52,125.00
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $60,981.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $58,413.50
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $58,766.50
Program Support Center 2 $42,292.50
National Cemetery Administration 2 $41,468.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $57,999.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $62,081.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $54,875.00
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $64,533.00
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $62,500.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $57,498.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $57,859.50
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $51,357.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 2 $54,772.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $47,838.00
Veterans Employment and Training Service 1 $57,791.00
Peace Corps 1 $53,350.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $50,653.00
Women's Bureau 1 $61,212.00
Office of English Language Acquisition 1 $52,976.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $63,673.00
Office of Administration 1 $50,661.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $54,875.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $60,765.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $58,511.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $59,505.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $61,265.00
Homeland Security Staff 1 $62,544.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $67,614.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $61,452.00
Economic Research Service 1 $72,022.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 1 $60,232.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer 1 $55,310.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $67,114.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $48,109.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $73,917.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $49,606.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $49,375.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $42,022.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $62,178.00
Office Assistant Secretary for Health 1 $48,303.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $72,022.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $51,061.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $49,929.35. The highest paid Secretary made $135,487 in 2012.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 10,761
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 996
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 469
ZS - Administrative Support 245
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 244
CG - Corporate Graded 140
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 53
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 36
AO - Management Support Career Path 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 29
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 21
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 14
CY - Contract Education--school Year 13
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 12
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 11
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 10
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 5
CU - Credit Union Employees 5
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 2

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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