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Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $49,995.29* *Based on the 2013 average.
12,205 EMPLOYEES
$609.59M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 28th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 12,205 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $45,665.

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 2,249 $45,665.26
Veterans Health Administration 2,142 $44,090.09
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,021 $49,746.18
Federal Aviation Administration 419 $49,305.99
Indian Health Service 334 $41,864.41
Federal Bureau of Investigation 304 $64,594.69
Department of State 299 $57,480.63
Environmental Protection Agency 272 $57,506.95
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 209 $52,655.78
Drug Enforcement Administration 191 $57,059.92
National Institutes of Health 187 $58,333.02
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 161 $54,887.05
Bureau of the Census 158 $45,560.42
U.S. Coast Guard 152 $49,537.34
Offices, Boards and Divisions 146 $54,806.47
Indian Affairs 140 $42,186.54
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 139 $60,233.40
Social Security Administration 130 $48,317.42
National Park Service 128 $47,136.41
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 127 $69,963.37
Natural Resources Conservation Service 123 $48,752.18
National Labor Relations Board 120 $52,128.16
Agricultural Research Service 118 $48,877.96
National Institute of Standards and Technology 115 $54,983.30
Bureau of Reclamation 114 $44,677.96
Department of Energy 111 $54,511.85
Bureau of Land Management 110 $50,155.01
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 94 $54,618.89
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 92 $51,314.01
Forest Service 92 $49,936.88
Geological Survey 79 $55,273.97
Food and Drug Administration 68 $52,162.81
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 66 $48,959.77
Goddard Space Flight Center 64 $51,258.05
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 63 $47,057.02
Securities and Exchange Commission 56 $67,834.16
Mine Safety and Health Administration 53 $50,823.36
Farm Service Agency 53 $51,540.85
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 52 $53,041.60
Rural Housing Service 49 $49,684.29
Headquarters, Nasa 46 $62,040.37
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 38 $47,637.47
U.S. Agency for International Development 38 $59,358.47
National Archives and Records Administration 38 $48,002.37
Federal Emergency Management Agency 37 $52,033.84
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 36 $57,783.69
Office of Comptroller of Currency 35 $83,036.23
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 35 $49,475.74
Veterans Benefits Administration 34 $51,034.26
Customs and Border Protection 34 $48,427.03
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 32 $59,110.88
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 30 $46,115.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 29 $42,673.86
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 28 $54,969.25
Food Safety and Inspection Service 28 $54,407.32
Bureau of Labor Statistics 27 $52,942.07
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 26 $42,724.00
Food and Nutrition Service 26 $55,356.15
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 26 $43,487.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 25 $41,592.44
Employee Benefits Security Administration 25 $47,640.24
Langley Research Center 24 $51,171.21
Health Resources and Services Administration 23 $53,059.78
Patent and Trademark Office 23 $55,621.00
U.S. Trustee Program 23 $58,773.78
Agricultural Marketing Service 22 $55,333.50
National Agricultural Statistics Service 21 $54,682.43
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 21 $51,004.52
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 20 $50,821.50
National Science Foundation 19 $64,204.89
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 19 $53,633.47
Departmental Offices 17 $63,034.18
International Trade Administration 17 $58,640.76
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 16 $49,009.94
Transportation Security Administration 16 $56,116.44
National Institute of Food & Agriculture 16 $54,790.81
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 16 $58,743.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 14 $60,484.21
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 13 $46,456.46
John F. Kennedy Space Center 13 $51,105.15
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 12 $56,554.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 12 $52,372.83
U.S. Tax Court 12 $58,821.00
Farm Credit Administration 12 $78,066.17
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $57,351.67
Risk Management Agency 12 $52,074.33
Rural Utilities Service 12 $55,178.25
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 12 $57,980.00
Employment and Training Administration 12 $51,675.83
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $55,060.27
Maritime Administration 11 $54,826.45
U.S. Mint 11 $52,699.64
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $70,373.00
Office of Secretary of Transportation 10 $60,752.20
Civil Rights 10 $52,751.00
Ames Research Center 10 $64,242.20
Office of the Director 10 $60,600.60
Presidio Trust 10 $73,968.90
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $54,199.89
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 9 $57,030.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 9 $45,853.11
Federal Acquisition Service 8 $49,363.88
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 8 $47,562.00
Government Printing Office 8 $54,221.00
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 7 $55,411.57
Federal Election Commission 7 $54,460.57
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $63,711.71
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 7 $57,643.43
Office of Justice Programs 7 $51,402.86
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 7 $45,922.00
Departmental Administration 7 $59,715.14
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 7 $49,393.29
Federal Highway Administration 7 $49,829.29
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 7 $55,416.43
Office of Personnel Management 6 $58,667.33
Citizenship and Immigration Services 6 $52,558.83
National Protection and Programs Directorate 6 $51,349.50
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 6 $58,386.00
Commission on Civil Rights 6 $52,220.67
Bureau of Economic Analysis 6 $51,950.67
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 6 $60,836.67
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $55,895.83
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 6 $53,271.33
Selective Service System 5 $57,878.20
U.S. International Trade Commission 5 $55,468.60
Small Business Administration 5 $52,554.20
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 5 $54,475.40
Federal Transit Administration 4 $56,061.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $63,739.50
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $62,068.25
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $75,146.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 4 $47,040.50
National Appeals Division 4 $55,628.75
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 4 $71,854.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $57,157.00
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $56,282.50
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 4 $46,079.25
Office for Civil Rights 3 $52,455.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $63,051.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 3 $55,799.67
Federal Trade Commission 3 $59,120.33
Public Buildings Service 3 $58,235.00
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 3 $57,710.33
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 3 $44,512.33
Foreign Agricultural Service 3 $57,872.67
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 3 $53,019.67
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $52,991.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 3 $77,417.67
Bureau of Industry and Security 3 $60,170.67
National Credit Union Administration 3 $60,899.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 3 $69,381.67
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $61,864.67
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 3 $56,547.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 3 $53,453.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $57,308.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $57,190.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $62,362.00
National Gallery of Art 3 $44,879.33
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $42,624.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $48,892.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 2 $47,964.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $57,568.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $62,977.50
Corporation for National and Community Service 2 $52,125.00
Peace Corps 2 $54,150.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 2 $64,533.00
Institute of Education Sciences 2 $55,070.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $59,274.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $52,240.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $57,553.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $61,952.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $54,875.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 2 $48,371.50
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $65,393.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $62,812.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $57,116.50
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $51,433.50
Wage and Hour Division 2 $47,239.50
Financial Management Service 2 $55,905.00
National Cemetery Administration 2 $43,363.50
Homeland Security Staff 1 $62,544.00
Office of Administration 1 $55,070.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $60,765.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $54,875.00
Trade and Development Agency 1 $62,467.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $60,765.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $67,114.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $61,452.00
Office of Administrative Services 1 $44,293.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 1 $45,578.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $48,109.00
Program Support Center 1 $48,303.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $49,375.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $50,431.00
Economic Research Service 1 $73,917.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $67,114.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $73,917.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $42,022.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $73,917.00
Women's Bureau 1 $60,765.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $47,838.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $50,653.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $63,673.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $49,606.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $61,678.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 1 $53,719.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $52,315.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $53,468.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $59,505.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Treasury) 1 $67,114.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $73,917.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Management Relations 1 $70,439.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $49,995.29. The highest paid Secretary made $141,832 in 2013.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 9,986
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 990
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 412
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 230
ZS - Administrative Support 227
CG - Corporate Graded 127
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 56
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 30
AO - Management Support Career Path 28
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 16
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
CY - Contract Education--school Year 12
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 12
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 7
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 7
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 3
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 2

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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