Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $50,756.40* *Based on the 2014 average.
11,205 EMPLOYEES
$568.27M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 44th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 11,205 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $44,367.

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
Veterans Health Administration 2,099 $44,366.58
Internal Revenue Service 2,024 $46,864.10
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1,015 $50,072.60
Federal Aviation Administration 365 $50,330.48
Indian Health Service 296 $42,248.02
Department of State 285 $58,017.85
Federal Bureau of Investigation 277 $66,142.57
Environmental Protection Agency 203 $58,866.74
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 197 $53,112.01
Drug Enforcement Administration 188 $58,056.73
National Institutes of Health 156 $59,238.28
Bureau of the Census 151 $47,147.56
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 138 $55,983.70
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 133 $60,811.29
U.S. Coast Guard 130 $50,706.05
Offices, Boards and Divisions 129 $56,278.36
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 129 $71,109.60
Social Security Administration 122 $48,407.60
Natural Resources Conservation Service 120 $49,015.68
Indian Affairs 119 $43,152.54
Bureau of Reclamation 114 $45,201.75
National Institute of Standards and Technology 113 $55,553.08
National Park Service 110 $48,896.86
Department of Energy 108 $54,966.42
National Labor Relations Board 107 $52,705.54
Agricultural Research Service 97 $49,911.22
Bureau of Land Management 95 $52,054.66
Forest Service 91 $50,710.69
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 85 $55,764.17
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 81 $52,622.17
Geological Survey 62 $56,589.68
Food and Drug Administration 61 $52,534.69
Goddard Space Flight Center 56 $51,516.02
Mine Safety and Health Administration 54 $51,262.48
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 53 $50,635.02
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 51 $48,817.92
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 48 $53,746.15
Securities and Exchange Commission 46 $71,196.78
Rural Housing Service 42 $51,433.10
Headquarters, Nasa 41 $63,622.95
Farm Service Agency 38 $52,286.21
Federal Emergency Management Agency 36 $52,004.44
Agency for International Development 35 $61,134.20
National Archives and Records Administration 34 $48,769.47
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 33 $59,149.85
Office of Comptroller of Currency 32 $84,980.97
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 31 $51,542.87
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 30 $49,792.07
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 29 $47,895.97
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 28 $56,438.68
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 28 $59,330.61
Veterans Benefits Administration 27 $52,166.81
Food and Nutrition Service 27 $56,384.19
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 26 $44,600.42
Food Safety and Inspection Service 25 $55,951.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 25 $48,133.33
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 24 $43,818.58
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 24 $43,800.58
Langley Research Center 23 $52,058.83
Patent and Trademark Office 22 $56,035.36
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 22 $48,602.41
Health Resources and Services Administration 21 $54,875.62
National Agricultural Statistics Service 21 $57,274.62
Bureau of Labor Statistics 21 $54,520.67
U.S. Trustee Program 20 $59,368.35
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 19 $54,564.79
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 18 $52,480.94
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 18 $52,480.61
Agricultural Marketing Service 16 $53,405.75
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 16 $42,452.56
Departmental Offices 15 $63,684.67
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 15 $61,819.87
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 15 $61,827.93
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 15 $59,860.13
International Trade Administration 14 $60,402.93
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 13 $51,035.54
U.S. Tax Court 13 $59,944.85
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $58,793.50
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 12 $57,584.25
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 12 $46,893.33
Rural Utilities Service 11 $56,078.09
Office of Secretary of Transportation 11 $61,031.64
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $56,188.55
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 11 $55,824.45
National Science Foundation 11 $65,339.64
John F. Kennedy Space Center 11 $51,413.36
Farm Credit Administration 11 $82,314.00
Office of the Director 11 $60,381.36
Railroad Retirement Board 10 $70,508.30
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 10 $55,735.50
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 10 $54,445.80
Presidio Trust 10 $77,687.50
Risk Management Agency 9 $55,875.00
Employment and Training Administration 9 $50,041.00
U.S. Mint 9 $53,533.33
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 9 $50,296.89
Ames Research Center 9 $63,471.11
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $56,433.22
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 8 $54,938.13
Government Printing Office 8 $55,263.25
Civil Rights 8 $51,641.75
Federal Acquisition Service 7 $51,246.29
Departmental Administration 7 $60,971.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 7 $58,543.43
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 7 $56,984.00
Office of the Chief Economist 7 $66,159.00
Federal Election Commission 7 $55,208.43
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 6 $47,118.67
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 6 $55,734.17
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 6 $60,299.50
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $49,955.00
Federal Highway Administration 6 $52,089.83
Transportation Security Administration 5 $54,820.60
National Appeals Division 5 $52,292.60
Commission on Civil Rights 5 $52,506.40
Bureau of Economic Analysis 5 $52,049.40
Office of Justice Programs 5 $54,808.20
Selective Service System 5 $53,184.40
Maritime Administration 5 $49,049.20
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 5 $55,416.80
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $53,006.80
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 5 $61,464.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 4 $53,209.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $55,715.25
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $56,922.50
Office of Personnel Management 4 $61,512.75
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 4 $65,468.25
Small Business Administration 4 $54,543.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 4 $62,931.50
Federal Transit Administration 4 $56,978.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 4 $78,665.25
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $43,847.50
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 4 $47,514.25
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 4 $50,447.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 4 $49,234.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 4 $58,258.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 3 $59,030.67
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 3 $56,807.00
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $54,450.00
Public Buildings Service 3 $58,818.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $63,246.33
Office of Inspector General (General Services Administration) 3 $58,291.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 3 $46,059.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $53,046.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 3 $62,989.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 3 $49,379.33
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 3 $60,066.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $57,825.67
Wage and Hour Division 3 $46,316.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $57,762.00
Office for Civil Rights 3 $53,690.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 3 $74,656.67
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $63,665.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $55,421.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $64,411.00
Minority Business Development Agency 2 $66,918.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $54,617.00
National Credit Union Administration 2 $68,158.50
Institute of Education Sciences 2 $55,622.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $63,442.50
Federal Trade Commission 2 $52,237.50
Office of Secretary of Labor 2 $62,573.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $59,866.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $58,399.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $52,760.50
Office of Labor-Management Standards 2 $51,918.50
U.S. Secret Service 2 $64,573.50
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 2 $59,327.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $44,115.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $51,245.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 2 $44,726.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $59,543.50
Surface Transportation Board 1 $58,229.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $74,654.00
Office of Administrative Services 1 $44,745.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $60,098.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $42,450.00
Office of General Services Administration Innovative Technologies 1 $47,310.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $50,932.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $75,404.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $74,654.00
Committee for Purchase from People Blind or Severely Disabled 1 $48,589.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $61,749.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 1 $67,787.00
Women's Bureau 1 $61,377.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $49,867.00
Assistant Secretary for Administration 1 $48,315.00
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 1 $42,631.00
Office of Administration 1 $43,256.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $47,310.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $51,158.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $57,956.00
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Service 1 $64,561.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $64,311.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $61,377.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $50,873.00
Economic Research Service 1 $75,654.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $55,421.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $62,297.00
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 1 $50,360.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $61,777.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $55,043.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $55,082.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $67,787.00
Peace Corps 1 $43,063.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $67,787.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $62,067.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $50,756.40. The highest paid Secretary made $145,011 in 2014.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 9,138
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 987
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 356
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 213
ZS - Administrative Support 207
CG - Corporate Graded 129
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 46
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 32
CE - Contract Education--year Long 25
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 14
CY - Contract Education--school Year 11
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 11
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 9
PG - Printing Office Grades 8
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 7
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 5
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 4
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 1

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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