Average Salary for U.S. Department Of State Employees

U.S. Department Of State employees take home generous earnings of approximately $93K annually on average. Your job title influences pay for U.S. Department Of State workers the most, followed by how long you've been working and your city. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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U.S. Department Of State typically pays:
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Employer: U.S. Department Of State
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[-]Foreign Service Officer (27)
$62,139 - $133,558  
[-]Foreign Service Officer (27)
Salary$59,432 - $134,149  
Bonus$1,429 - $29,775  
Total Pay$62,139 - $133,558  
[+]Special Agent (Federal) (3)
$61,419 - $133,644  
[+]Special Agent (Federal) (3)
Salary$58,904 - $130,252  
Total Pay$61,419 - $133,644  
[+]Program Officer, Foundation (2)
$52,092 - $121,021  
[+]Program Officer, Foundation (2)
Salary$51,751 - $119,639  
Total Pay$52,092 - $121,021  
[+]Information Technology (IT) Manager (2)
$47,835 - $131,905  
[+]Information Technology (IT) Manager (2)
Salary$49,464 - $130,595  
Total Pay$47,835 - $131,905  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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.

Key Stats for U.S. Department Of State


30 %
70 %
$40,851 - $96,381
$66,192 - $123,648
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 35 votes.
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