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Average Salary for U.S. Department Of State Employees

It is not unusual for people who work at U.S. Department Of State to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $90K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for U.S. Department Of State employees is how long you've been working, though your role at the company and your city play a role as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

U.S. Department Of State typically pays:
above market
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below market
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Employer: U.S. Department Of State
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Foreign Service Officer (29)
$58,000 - $151,910  
[-]Foreign Service Officer (29)
Salary$57,525 - $152,253  
Bonus$595 - $20,360  
Total Pay$58,000 - $151,910  
[+]Diplomat (3)
$58,286 - $182,597  
[+]Diplomat (3)
Salary$57,823 - $175,583  
Total Pay$58,286 - $182,597  
[+]Special Agent (Federal) (2)
$55,525 - $135,923  
[+]Special Agent (Federal) (2)
Salary$56,758 - $131,980  
Total Pay$55,525 - $135,923  
[+]Facility Manager (2)
$38,134 - $123,108  
[+]Facility Manager (2)
Salary$39,532 - $124,104  
Total Pay$38,134 - $123,108  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically $66K. By and large, the biggest segment of U.S. Department Of State's workforce (26 percent) have been working for five to nine years and take home $86K per year.


Earning around $106K on average, Federal Special Agents receive the most money, followed by Diplomats (approximately $105K), Information Management Specialists (about $103K), and Foreign Service Officers ($94K). Facility Managers make $68K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.


Residents of Arlington pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $96K annually; other top-paying cities include Washington, DC ($93K) and Chicago ($78K). Across U.S. Department Of State's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Virginia earn the most, taking home approximately $96K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

CompTIA Security+ Experts have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $115K. Earning a Security Clearance Certification certification garners significant financial rewards of $113K annually. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at U.S. Department Of State come out on top, and their salaries approach around $96K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Policy Analysis; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $128K. Folks here also tend to know Oral / Verbal Communication; on the survey, close to one-seventh of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to know Project Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and Foreign Languages.

Benefits and Perks

Most employees — over one-half of workers — are lucky enough to receive paid vacation and paid sick leave. A majority of workers participate in a 401(k) program. Almost all workers have health insurance, and benefits for just over two-fifths of workers also include dental insurance. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, a company cell phone, relocation expenses, and flexible hours.

Key Stats

36 %
64 %
$40,134 - $97,976
$63,571 - $123,325
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

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