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The Average Salary of Government Employees

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the United States federal government employed about 2 million civilian workers in 2009. Salaries for these individuals varied greatly based on position.

All Employees

According to the BLS, the average earnings for full-time federal government employees was $74,403 in 2009. This figure does not factor in employee benefits, which are an important part of a federal employee’s compensation.

Managerial Salaries

The average salary for financial managers working for the federal government was $119,671 in 2009, according to the BLS. On average, information technology managers made $91,104. The average human resources manager took home $81,837.

Other Salaries

The average 2009 salary figures are available on the BLS website for many federal workers. The figure for general attorneys was $128,422. The average salary for general engineers was $114,839. On average, economists made $108,010 and criminal investigators made $93,897. The average annual salary for customs and border protection agents was $92,558, and on average librarians made $84,796.