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. U.S. Department Of State paychecks are largely negotiated based on how long you've been working, though what you do at the company and geography are also considered. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $82K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $63K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $97K per year on average.


Bringing in the most money are Supervisory Special Agents — their earnings average around $142K annually. Federal Special Agents are a close second at $110K along with Diplomats (about $103K) and Information Technology Managers ($102K). U.S. Department Of State hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Finance Officers (around $79K on average).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($107K per year) can be spotted in Arlington, Va.; Washington, DC (about $84K), Chicago, Ill. (approximately $78K), and Alexandria, Va. ($53K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Florida, where the average U.S. Department Of State employee makes $123K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $140K per year for Certified Professional Engineers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Security Clearance Certifications also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $106K annually. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at U.S. Department Of State come out on top, and their salaries approach $138K per year.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Oral / Verbal Communication; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $115K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; one-sixth consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Research Analysis, and Operations Management as well.

Benefits and Perks

Half of workers — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Perks cover health insurance for almost all workers and dental coverage for a little more than half of workers. Perks also include a company cell phone, life insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.

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