Nearing the top of the pay scale are Security Managers, Intelligence Analysts, Foreign Service Officers, and Federal Special Agents; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $148K per year, the other salaries come in at $115K, approximately $103K, and $87K, respectively. Near the bottom at U.S. Department Of State are Office Managers, pulling in an average of just around $64K.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $84K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $65K per year. The largest slice of the U.S. Department Of State workforce (39 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $106K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($152K per year) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Arlington, Va. ($110K), Washington, DC (approximately $95K), and Charleston, S.C. (about $89K) are the next top-paying cities. Seattle, Wash. ranks low on the pay scale — at $81K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, New York offers the highest pay at about $152K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $148K per year for Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The best paid folks at U.S. Department Of State have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc), earning around $110K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Security Policies and Procedures in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $137K per year. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Microsoft Office, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Just 31 percent receive paid time off. U.S. Department Of State helps its workers sock away funds for retirement, offering plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all survey participants, and the larger part of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.