Supervisory Special Agents represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $130K per year — though Foreign Service Officers, Intelligence Analysts, and Federal Special Agents also do fairly well at approximately $108K, $103K, and about $92K, respectively. Near the bottom at U.S. Department Of State are Office Managers, pulling in an average of just around $64K.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $78K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $63K per year. The greater proportion of employees (38 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $109K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($126K per year) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Arlington, Va. (about $108K), New York, N.Y. (around $108K), and Washington, DC ($94K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Orlando, Fla. — at about $81K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, North Carolina offers the highest pay at approximately $126K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, who make $148K per year. Becoming a Security Clearance Certification can certainly pay off here; those folks make $134K on average. It pays to have a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) at U.S. Department Of State — these employees make the most at $122K annually.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Strategic Planning among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of around $127K per year. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; approximately one in four of U.S. Department Of State's people use it regularly. Microsoft Office, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only 28 percent report compensation for sick days and vacation time. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Nearly all survey participants receive health insurance, and a majority of employees get dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.