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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 $93K annually. U.S. Department Of State paychecks are largely negotiated based on your role at the company, though how long you've been working and your city are also considered. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Supervisory Special Agents are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $142K per year on average; Federal Special Agents are next on the list, bringing in close to $110K, followed by Information Management Specialists earning around $103K and Information Technology Managers making $102K. Financial compensation for Inventory Control Specialists is rather low — on average only about $52K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $64K annually. Survey participants who have worked at U.S. Department Of State for between five and 10 years earn $86K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Department Of State employees (31 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn around $100K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $120K per year) can be spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Arlington, Va. ($103K), Washington, DC ($92K), and Chicago, Ill. (about $78K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (approximately $53K) in Alexandria, Va., one of the lowest-paid cities. Across U.S. Department Of State's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Florida earn the most, taking home $110K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Professional Engineers, who make about $139K per year. Bigger paychecks are awarded to CompTIA Security+ Experts with credentials; these people earn $115K annually on average. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at U.S. Department Of State — these employees make the most at $96K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Leadership; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $147K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Project Management; just under a fifth deem it necessary for work. Key skills also include Oral / Verbal Communication, Operations Management, and Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (one-half of employees) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Most respondents have health insurance, and benefits for just over two-fifths of workers also include dental insurance. The company also dishes out perks such as a company cell phone, life insurance, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Department Of State


31 %
69 %
$40,851 - $98,975
$59,432 - $123,864
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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