Average Salary for DC government Employees

The average DC government employee earns $67K per year. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, your job title and your city are also reported as secondary influences on salary at DC government. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Average pay is $59K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $61K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make around $80K annually on average.


Attorneys represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $81K per year — though Contract Specialists, Accountants, and Administrative Officers also do fairly well at approximately $75K, $73K, and $73K, respectively. Recreation Supervisors are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $52K.


By state, the highest pay levels are found in Pennsylvania, where the average DC government employee makes approximately $82K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $135K per year. Earning a Certified Professional Engineer certification garners significant financial rewards of about $123K annually on average. It pays to have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at DC government — these employees make the most at around $105K per year.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Microsoft Excel among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $120K annually. Customer Service is regularly seen around here; nearly one-seventh of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Other skills in demand are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Contract Negotiation.

Benefits and Perks

Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 28 percent. Close to one-half report contributing to a 401(k). Most workers report having health insurance, and a large number of survey participants report having dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at DC government are 401(a), a subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for DC government


67 %
33 %
$47,284 - $84,368
$36,400 - $146,054

Job Satisfaction

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