Average Salary for DC government Employees

DC government pays its employees $63K per year on average. Your experience level plays the largest role in compensation at DC government, but your role at the company and geography affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $57K annually. The largest slice of the DC government workforce (28 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, about $60K per year.


Earning approximately $79K annually on average, Contract Specialists receive the most money, followed by Accountants ($73K), Policy Analysts (around $70K), and Executive Assistants ($65K). On the lower end are Recreation Supervisors at $52K on average.


By state, DC government employees make the most in Virginia, earning around $86K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $135K annually for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Certified Professional Engineers also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of about $123K per year. Regarding salaries and education, DC government pays those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) the most — $84K.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Financial Analysis; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $135K annually. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; around one in seven of employees surveyed report using it at work. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Program Management.

Benefits and Perks

Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 28 percent. A 401(k) program is available, and slightly more than half of workers use it to save for retirement. For a large number of employees, benefits include health insurance, and most survey participants get dental coverage, too. DC government also dishes out privileges such as 401(a), a subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for DC government


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$47,112 - $84,075
$31,007 - $122,084

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