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Average Salary for U.S. Department Of State Employees

Salaries are high at U.S. Department Of State, with the median employee bringing home $92K annually. Your job title is the biggest factor affecting pay for U.S. Department Of State workers, followed by how long you've been working and where you live. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Supervisory Special Agents earn the highest median pay at about $152K per year, followed by Federal Special Agents ($110K), Information Management Specialists ($103K), and Information Technology Managers (approximately $102K). Among the lower-paid positions at U.S. Department Of State are Inventory Control Specialists — the median salary for this role approaches $52K.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $86K annually on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $64K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Department Of State employees (30 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn approximately $98K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $120K per year) can be spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Arlington, Va. ($103K), Washington, DC (about $91K), and Chicago, Ill. ($78K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $53K) is Alexandria, Va. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Florida pays U.S. Department Of State the most — around $110K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $139K per year for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a CompTIA Security+ Expert is rewarded with median pay of approximately $115K annually. U.S. Department Of State workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD) are also well compensated, earning $96K on average.


In this position, it pays to have Leadership in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $147K per year. Project Management is a popular skill in the U.S. Department Of State workforce; a little less than one-fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Employees also tend to know Oral / Verbal Communication, Operations Management, and Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Benefits and Perks

One-half of employees — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at U.S. Department Of State, including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of workers and dental coverage for just over two-fifths of workers. A few more workplace perks are a company cell phone, life insurance, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Department Of State


31 %
69 %
$40,851 - $98,975
$59,206 - $123,227
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
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