Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $51,166.35* *Based on the 2015 average.
10,085 EMPLOYEES
$515.55M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 33rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 10,085 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $44,733.

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 1,996 $44,733.05
Internal Revenue Service 1,816 $48,132.61
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 995 $50,507.06
Federal Aviation Administration 334 $51,228.54
Indian Health Service 284 $42,906.37
Federal Bureau of Investigation 271 $65,876.69
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 186 $54,487.58
Environmental Protection Agency 183 $59,364.57
Drug Enforcement Administration 166 $59,243.42
Bureau of the Census 143 $47,745.64
National Institutes of Health 142 $59,564.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 134 $57,113.07
U.S. Coast Guard 130 $51,354.78
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 124 $61,627.23
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 116 $72,849.70
Bureau of Reclamation 111 $45,238.97
National Institute of Standards and Technology 110 $56,938.28
Offices, Boards and Divisions 110 $57,063.95
Indian Affairs 107 $43,819.43
National Labor Relations Board 106 $53,633.54
Natural Resources Conservation Service 105 $50,135.47
National Park Service 102 $48,622.92
Social Security Administration 98 $48,974.42
Department of Energy 95 $55,114.18
Agricultural Research Service 89 $49,447.34
Bureau of Land Management 85 $52,548.35
Forest Service 82 $49,961.40
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 74 $53,518.51
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 72 $56,757.87
Geological Survey 62 $55,302.55
Food and Drug Administration 59 $52,901.56
Mine Safety and Health Administration 53 $51,269.58
Goddard Space Flight Center 50 $52,770.50
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 50 $53,393.22
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 50 $49,531.46
Rural Housing Service 47 $50,367.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 40 $49,609.10
Farm Service Agency 39 $53,440.77
Securities and Exchange Commission 38 $76,072.58
Office of Comptroller of Currency 35 $84,945.69
Headquarters, Nasa 34 $64,867.97
National Archives and Records Administration 34 $48,540.15
Federal Emergency Management Agency 33 $51,262.61
Agency for International Development 32 $63,037.13
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 30 $49,326.07
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 30 $54,642.70
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 29 $42,855.03
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 28 $58,577.29
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 27 $60,074.15
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 25 $49,654.84
Food and Nutrition Service 25 $56,560.36
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 24 $45,904.83
Employee Benefits Security Administration 23 $48,632.04
Veterans Benefits Administration 23 $54,002.35
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 22 $53,677.27
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 22 $42,917.27
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 21 $49,382.86
Langley Research Center 20 $52,955.90
Patent and Trademark Office 20 $54,617.30
Bureau of Labor Statistics 19 $55,637.21
National Agricultural Statistics Service 19 $59,171.84
Food Safety and Inspection Service 19 $57,952.53
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 19 $55,915.21
U.S. Trustee Program 18 $60,563.11
Health Resources and Services Administration 16 $56,492.38
Agricultural Marketing Service 16 $52,789.25
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 15 $54,623.07
Office of Secretary of Transportation 14 $56,442.93
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 14 $63,398.57
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 14 $62,870.64
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 13 $43,205.23
International Trade Administration 12 $58,812.33
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12 $60,647.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 12 $52,174.33
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 12 $57,692.83
National Science Foundation 11 $65,913.82
Railroad Retirement Board 11 $69,774.27
John F. Kennedy Space Center 10 $51,777.90
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10 $54,777.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 10 $55,732.40
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 10 $60,168.40
Farm Credit Administration 10 $82,274.40
Office of the Director 10 $61,840.70
Rural Utilities Service 10 $55,930.10
Dryden Flight Research Center 9 $56,205.22
Presidio Trust 9 $75,043.22
Civil Rights 9 $51,623.89
U.S. Mint 9 $54,654.89
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 8 $50,370.38
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 8 $54,304.13
U.S. Tax Court 8 $62,046.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 7 $57,650.14
Employment and Training Administration 7 $50,845.29
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 7 $47,248.86
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 7 $60,328.71
Ames Research Center 7 $68,215.00
Departmental Administration 7 $62,347.29
Federal Election Commission 6 $57,591.67
Government Printing Office 6 $57,081.83
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $50,462.83
Federal Highway Administration 6 $53,129.33
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 6 $41,628.83
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 6 $56,796.50
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 6 $57,224.50
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $58,364.50
Risk Management Agency 6 $58,591.00
Office of the Chief Economist 6 $68,621.33
Selective Service System 5 $54,340.80
Maritime Administration 5 $50,316.40
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 5 $59,457.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 5 $55,449.40
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $49,708.75
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $58,523.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 4 $58,500.50
Departmental Offices 4 $63,611.75
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $50,626.25
Small Business Administration 4 $55,636.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $61,252.50
Office of Justice Programs 4 $55,246.25
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 3 $43,053.00
Public Buildings Service 3 $59,408.33
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 3 $57,933.67
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $53,817.67
John C. Stennis Space Center 3 $59,584.33
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 3 $53,200.33
Office of Personnel Management 3 $60,329.67
Administration for Children and Families 3 $53,082.33
Federal Transit Administration 3 $56,543.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 3 $51,639.33
National Appeals Division 3 $60,842.00
Transportation Security Administration 3 $52,748.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 3 $65,633.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $60,661.00
Commission on Civil Rights 3 $53,764.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 3 $53,448.67
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 3 $48,915.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $59,087.00
Wage and Hour Division 3 $48,855.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $58,569.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 3 $64,300.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 2 $63,199.50
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 2 $75,156.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $59,732.00
Economic Research Service 2 $67,414.50
Federal Labor Relations Authority 2 $54,801.00
Office for Civil Rights 2 $54,172.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $55,970.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 2 $68,688.50
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 2 $58,437.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2 $63,012.00
Federal Trade Commission 2 $52,768.50
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $58,645.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $65,989.50
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $55,879.50
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 2 $58,379.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2 $81,134.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $60,336.50
National Credit Union Administration 2 $72,230.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 2 $64,924.00
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $64,954.50
Peace Corps 2 $57,202.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $46,292.50
Consumer Product Safety Commission 2 $64,434.50
Immediate Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning 1 $44,492.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $61,994.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $57,224.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $58,511.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $50,374.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $54,677.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $55,970.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 1 $51,900.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $68,465.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $55,970.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $68,465.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $62,920.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $75,395.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $57,224.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $62,688.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $57,255.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $66,710.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $65,165.00
Office of Administrative Services 1 $45,190.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $43,057.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $44,031.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $50,374.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $60,695.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $75,395.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $50,864.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $75,395.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $54,535.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $63,684.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resolution Management 1 $49,274.00
Women's Bureau 1 $61,994.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $53,100.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $50,731.00
Office of Administration 1 $48,234.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $66,710.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $51,166.35. The highest paid Secretary made $125,239 in 2015.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 8,122
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 970
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 326
ZS - Administrative Support 193
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 193
CG - Corporate Graded 116
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 38
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 25
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 13
CY - Contract Education--school Year 11
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 10
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 8
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 7
PG - Printing Office Grades 6
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 3
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 2
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 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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