Average Salary for U.S. Department Of State Employees

U.S. Department Of State employees enjoy considerable salaries — pay is approximately $93K annually on average. For the most part, employee paychecks at U.S. Department Of State fluctuate depending on your role at the company; how long you've been working and geography also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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The highest paychecks go to Supervisory Special Agents, who earn an average $142K per year, closely trailed by Information Technology Managers ($102K), Foreign Service Officers (approximately $96K), and Operations Officers (around $78K). On the lower end are Inventory Control Specialists at $52K on average.

Years of Experience

Average pay is about $85K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $65K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $100K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $120K per year) can be spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Arlington, Va. ($105K), Washington, DC (approximately $90K), and Chicago, Ill. (about $78K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Alexandria, Va. at $53K. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Florida, where the average U.S. Department Of State employee makes $110K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $139K per year for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to about $114K annually for accredited CompTIA Security+ Experts. At U.S. Department Of State, employees who hold a Doctorate (PhD) receive the highest salaries at around $96K.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Oral / Verbal Communication; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $117K per year. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; slightly less than one-fifth of U.S. Department Of State's people use it regularly. Many workers are also familiar with Writing Procedures & Documentation, Operations Management, and Policy Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (one-half of employees) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan, a company pension plan, and a defined benefit retirement plan. At U.S. Department Of State, roughly one-half have health insurance, and nearly one-half have dental coverage. U.S. Department Of State employees also enjoy perks such as a company cell phone, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

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