Bringing in the most money are Supervisory Special Agents — their earnings average about $152K per year. Federal Special Agents are a close second at around $110K along with Information Management Specialists ($103K) and Foreign Service Officers (approximately $94K). Inventory Control Specialists make an average $52K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $64K annually. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of about $88K per year. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $97K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $120K per year) can be spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Arlington, Va. ($98K), Washington, DC ($93K), and Chicago, Ill. (approximately $78K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $53K) is Alexandria, Va. By state, Florida offers the highest pay at $110K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $139K per year for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to about $115K annually for accredited CompTIA Security+ Experts. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD); U.S. Department Of State awards around $96K to these degree-holders.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Leadership; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $147K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at U.S. Department Of State is Project Management, with around one in six considering it a key competency. Oral / Verbal Communication, Operations Management, and Writing Procedures & Documentation round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Only one-half of employees receive paid vacation and sick leave. A majority of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. U.S. Department Of State provides health insurance to almost all employees, and just over two-fifths of workers do receive dental coverage. U.S. Department Of State employees also enjoy perks such as a company cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.