Secretary - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Secretary"

How much does a Secretary in the federal government get paid? $52,140.50* *Based on the 2016 average.
9,440 EMPLOYEES
$492.05M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Secretary was the 36th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 9,440 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Secretary, with an average salary of $45,076.

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 1,883 $45,076.28
Internal Revenue Service 1,674 $49,019.05
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 977 $51,347.12
Federal Bureau of Investigation 283 $66,243.86
Federal Aviation Administration 276 $52,360.71
Indian Health Service 259 $43,171.09
Department of State 257 $59,472.93
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 162 $55,784.77
Environmental Protection Agency 160 $60,267.41
Drug Enforcement Administration 157 $60,355.99
Bureau of the Census 125 $49,136.52
National Institutes of Health 119 $60,306.44
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 119 $57,652.83
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 117 $62,402.71
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 112 $75,500.78
Indian Affairs 106 $44,506.13
Natural Resources Conservation Service 104 $51,483.40
National Labor Relations Board 103 $54,399.84
Bureau of Reclamation 100 $46,071.22
National Park Service 98 $49,278.57
Offices, Boards and Divisions 95 $57,928.83
Social Security Administration 92 $49,970.36
Department of Energy 83 $56,806.11
Bureau of Land Management 82 $52,871.63
Forest Service 79 $50,955.25
Agricultural Research Service 75 $48,821.16
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 69 $54,360.99
National Institute of Standards and Technology 68 $59,946.99
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 59 $56,524.36
Geological Survey 58 $56,072.19
Food and Drug Administration 52 $53,680.87
Mine Safety and Health Administration 51 $51,438.76
Goddard Space Flight Center 51 $53,890.65
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 49 $53,961.53
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 46 $49,722.50
Office of Comptroller of Currency 42 $88,800.55
Farm Service Agency 38 $52,349.63
Rural Housing Service 38 $49,532.84
Securities and Exchange Commission 35 $78,095.91
National Archives and Records Administration 33 $49,786.85
Headquarters, Nasa 32 $66,176.66
Federal Emergency Management Agency 32 $53,959.75
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 29 $52,327.24
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration 28 $55,666.75
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 27 $60,740.81
Food and Nutrition Service 27 $57,548.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 27 $49,156.41
Agency for International Development 26 $64,062.23
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 26 $46,406.88
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 25 $49,284.72
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Agriculture) 24 $46,299.67
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 23 $42,727.00
Patent and Trademark Office 22 $55,038.50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 21 $54,047.52
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 21 $55,961.86
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 20 $60,466.85
Veterans Benefits Administration 19 $53,138.53
Bureau of Labor Statistics 19 $56,718.21
National Agricultural Statistics Service 18 $59,829.17
Employee Benefits Security Administration 17 $49,134.53
U.S. Trustee Program 17 $61,570.24
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 15 $55,055.93
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 15 $56,370.47
Agricultural Marketing Service 14 $56,695.14
Food Safety and Inspection Service 13 $59,618.23
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Agriculture) 13 $63,165.46
Health Resources and Services Administration 12 $58,639.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 12 $57,897.83
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 11 $52,173.73
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 11 $60,488.73
Office of the Director 11 $61,884.45
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 11 $60,736.09
Railroad Retirement Board 10 $66,463.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 10 $46,609.70
Coop State Research, Educ, & Exten Service 10 $57,949.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 10 $53,087.20
International Trade Administration 10 $61,089.20
National Science Foundation 10 $67,512.60
Departmental Administration 10 $61,324.40
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 10 $60,885.30
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 9 $57,082.78
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 9 $65,878.56
Civil Rights 8 $52,717.63
U.S. Mint 8 $55,768.75
U.S. Tax Court 8 $61,412.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 8 $57,855.38
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 8 $42,690.75
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 8 $55,561.50
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior) 7 $56,948.57
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 7 $49,908.43
Presidio Trust 7 $75,508.29
Ames Research Center 7 $69,558.86
Employment and Training Administration 7 $48,400.14
Dryden Flight Research Center 7 $58,537.43
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Agriculture) 6 $59,666.50
Federal Election Commission 6 $58,429.17
Federal Highway Administration 6 $50,408.50
Government Printing Office 6 $58,366.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 6 $51,185.50
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 6 $48,042.33
Maritime Administration 5 $51,276.20
General Counsel (Department of Veterans Affairs) 5 $58,134.00
Office of the Chief Economist 5 $69,626.20
Farm Credit Administration 5 $85,191.20
Departmental Offices 4 $64,531.00
Langley Research Center 4 $60,590.00
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 4 $59,613.25
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $56,893.00
Rural Utilities Service 4 $61,630.33
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 4 $62,468.75
Federal Acquisition Service 4 $51,092.50
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 4 $51,241.75
Broadcasting Board of Governors 4 $59,987.25
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 4 $52,948.25
Risk Management Agency 4 $66,013.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 3 $54,218.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 3 $54,363.00
Wage and Hour Division 3 $50,674.33
Small Business Administration 3 $55,533.67
Office of Justice Programs 3 $55,973.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 3 $67,435.67
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $61,567.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Health and Human Services) 3 $54,964.00
Federal Transit Administration 3 $57,366.67
National Appeals Division 3 $61,712.00
Commission on Civil Rights 3 $54,503.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 3 $49,792.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 3 $61,650.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $60,071.67
Office of Personnel Management 2 $62,490.00
U.S. Secret Service 2 $66,408.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Department of Labor) 2 $60,464.00
Administration for Children and Families 2 $54,030.00
Office of the General Counsel (Department of Education) 2 $63,526.00
Federal Trade Commission 2 $53,484.00
Selective Service System 2 $60,392.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $50,055.50
Public Buildings Service 2 $62,006.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 2 $61,651.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2 $81,330.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 2 $47,451.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 2 $67,379.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 2 $43,896.50
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 2 $61,084.50
Bureau of Economic Analysis 2 $60,102.50
Office for Civil Rights 2 $55,094.00
Economic Research Service 2 $68,262.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $56,812.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $59,839.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 2 $56,692.50
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Agriculture) 2 $56,790.00
Peace Corps 1 $74,186.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $56,790.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 1 $70,827.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $73,188.00
Institute of Education Sciences 1 $51,102.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Labor) 1 $76,498.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $57,183.00
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1 $67,679.00
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 1 $56,790.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $54,878.00
Minority Business Development Agency 1 $67,679.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $69,460.00
Office of Labor-Management Standards 1 $55,334.00
Ous for Science and Technology 1 $64,547.00
National Endowment for the Humanities 1 $58,051.00
U.S. Marshals Service 1 $62,338.00
Surface Transportation Board 1 $48,378.00
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $67,679.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $53,215.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $60,302.00
Election Assistance Commission 1 $63,603.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance 1 $45,397.00
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 1 $72,575.00
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 1 $67,679.00
Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management 1 $46,597.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Great Plains 1 $63,732.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Interior) 1 $61,955.00
U.S. Coast Guard 1 $44,335.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 1 $69,460.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1 $61,306.00
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 1 $56,790.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $58,648.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 1 $44,669.00
Women's Bureau 1 $62,888.00
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 1 $69,460.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 1 $58,034.00
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 1 $68,000.00
Office of Communications and Outreach 1 $62,888.00
Economic Development Administration 1 $76,498.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $76,498.00
Architectural & Transportation Barrier Compliance Board 1 $69,460.00
Administration for Community Living 1 $51,352.00

Secretary Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Secretary is $52,140.50. The highest paid Secretary made $132,787 in 2016.

Common Secretary Payscales

Payscale Number of Secretary Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,632
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 949
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 270
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 180
ZS - Administrative Support 143
CG - Corporate Graded 112
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 42
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 35
CE - Contract Education--year Long 24
CY - Contract Education--school Year 12
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 11
NU - Nnsa Technician And Admin Support 7
PG - Printing Office Grades 6
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 5
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 2
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
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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