Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $63K per year. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $83K annually. The largest slice of the U.S. Department Of State workforce (38 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, about $108K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($108K annually) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Arlington, Va. (around $106K), Washington, DC (approximately $93K), and Charleston, S.C. ($89K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (approximately $53K) in Alexandria, Va., one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. Department Of State workers in Virginia earn the most — $109K per year on average.
The highest average salaries go to Supervisory Special Agents, who bring in close to about $130K annually, though Foreign Service Officers are not far behind at $108K along with Construction Project Managers (around $104K) and Intelligence Analysts ($103K). Diplomats are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $77K.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Information Security Managers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $148K per year. Becoming a Certified Professional Engineer can certainly pay off here; those folks make $140K on average. It pays to have a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) at U.S. Department Of State — these employees make the most at about $122K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Strategic Planning; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $125K per year. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; roughly one in four of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about a third of workers — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. With an eye toward the future, U.S. Department Of State offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Almost all employees report having health insurance, and a majority of employees report having dental coverage. Perks also include a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.