Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $82K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $63K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $97K per year on average.
Bringing in the most money are Supervisory Special Agents — their earnings average around $142K annually. Federal Special Agents are a close second at $110K along with Diplomats (about $103K) and Information Technology Managers ($102K). U.S. Department Of State hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Finance Officers (around $79K on average).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($107K per year) can be spotted in Arlington, Va.; Washington, DC (about $84K), Chicago, Ill. (approximately $78K), and Alexandria, Va. ($53K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Florida, where the average U.S. Department Of State employee makes $123K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $140K per year for Certified Professional Engineers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Security Clearance Certifications also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $106K annually. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at U.S. Department Of State come out on top, and their salaries approach $138K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Oral / Verbal Communication; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $115K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; one-sixth consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Research Analysis, and Operations Management as well.
Benefits and Perks
Half of workers — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Perks cover health insurance for almost all workers and dental coverage for a little more than half of workers. Perks also include a company cell phone, life insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.