Average Salary for U.S. Department Of State Employees

U.S. Department Of State employees enjoy considerable salaries — pay is approximately $90K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at U.S. Department Of State fluctuate depending on your experience level; what you do at the company and geography also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

U.S. Department Of State typically pays:
above market
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below market
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Employer: U.S. Department Of State
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Foreign Service Officer (28)
$57,611 - $147,926  
[-]Foreign Service Officer (28)
Salary$57,194 - $148,658  
Bonus$542 - $20,270  
Total Pay$57,611 - $147,926  
[+]Diplomat (3)
$57,909 - $182,128  
[+]Diplomat (3)
Salary$57,983 - $174,356  
Total Pay$57,909 - $182,128  
[+]Special Agent (Federal) (2)
$60,086 - $135,409  
[+]Special Agent (Federal) (2)
Salary$61,086 - $133,246  
Total Pay$60,086 - $135,409  
[+]Project Manager, Construction (2)
$69,073 - $152,843  
[+]Project Manager, Construction (2)
Salary$71,696 - $142,589  
Bonus$20.00 - $8,195  
Total Pay$69,073 - $152,843  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make approximately $66K. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Department Of State folks have five to nine years of experience and earn $86K annually.


Typically, Federal Special Agents are the best paid with salaries hovering at around $106K; Diplomats, Information Management Specialists, and Foreign Service Officers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $105K, $103K, and about $94K, respectively. U.S. Department Of State hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Facility Managers (approximately $68K).


Residents of Arlington pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $96K per year; other top-paying cities include Washington, DC ($93K) and Chicago (around $78K). U.S. Department Of State workers in Virginia earn the most — $96K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach about $115K for CompTIA Security+ Experts; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Security Clearance Certification is rewarded at $113K per year. The best paid folks at U.S. Department Of State have a Doctorate (PhD), earning $96K annually.


Employees who count Policy Analysis among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is about $128K. Oral / Verbal Communication is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; one-seventh of U.S. Department Of State's people use it regularly. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Project Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and Foreign Languages.

Benefits and Perks

Most employees take advantage of the company's attractive benefits package; slightly more than half of workers are paid for both vacation and sick time. More than half of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. Health insurance is part of the package for almost all employees, and for more than two-fifths of workers, dental coverage is too. Some other advantages of working at U.S. Department Of State are life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, relocation expenses, and flexible hours.

Key Stats for U.S. Department Of State


36 %
64 %
$40,134 - $97,976
$63,571 - $123,325
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 36 votes.

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