Average Salary for DC government Employees

The average employee at DC government takes home $63K per year. DC government paychecks are largely negotiated based on your experience level, though your role at the company and your city are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $57K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (27 percent) have been working for one to four years and make approximately $60K per year on average.


Contract Specialists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $79K annually — though Accountants, Policy Analysts, and Executive Assistants also do fairly well at about $73K, $70K, and $65K, respectively. Recreation Supervisors at DC government do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (around $52K on average) at the company.


By state, DC government pays its Virginia employees the most; the pay rate there is $86K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $135K annually. Becoming a Certified Professional Engineer can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $123K on average. The best paid folks at DC government have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc), earning $84K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Financial Analysis; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $135K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at DC government is Customer Service, with about a seventh considering it a key competency. Three more common skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Program Management.

Benefits and Perks

Just a quarter of respondents receive paid time off. A 401(k) program is available, and a majority of respondents use it to save for retirement. DC government provides health insurance to a large number of respondents, and most workers do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are 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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28 %
$47,112 - $84,075
$31,007 - $122,084

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
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1-4 years
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