Average Salary for U.S. Department Of State Employees

U.S. Department Of State employees enjoy considerable salaries — pay is approximately $92K annually on average. Your role at the company plays the largest role in compensation at U.S. Department Of State, but how long you've been working and where you live affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Supervisory Special Agents earn the highest median pay at $142K per year, followed by Federal Special Agents (approximately $110K), Information Technology Managers ($102K), and Foreign Service Officers ($94K). Financial compensation for Inventory Control Specialists is rather low — on average only about $52K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $65K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $85K per year. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $101K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K per year) can be spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Arlington, Va. ($105K), Washington, DC ($90K), and Chicago, Ill. (around $78K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($53K) in Alexandria, Va., one of the lowest-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Florida pays U.S. Department Of State the most — approximately $110K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Professional Engineers earn $139K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Bigger paychecks are awarded to CompTIA Security+ Experts with credentials; these people earn about $115K annually on average. Regarding salaries and education, U.S. Department Of State pays those with a Doctorate (PhD) the most — around $96K.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Oral / Verbal Communication among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $117K per year. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Project Management; roughly a fifth deem it necessary for work. Some other standard skills here are Writing Procedures & Documentation, Operations Management, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 45 percent. 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. Nearly all respondents can count on health insurance, and close to one-half of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. The list of perks also includes a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for U.S. Department Of State


31 %
69 %
$40,851 - $98,975
$64,000 - $124,446
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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