Agency Size and Paying EEO/HR Employees

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Some federal jobs exist in all agencies. But, while jobs in Human Resources (HR) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) exist in agencies across the government, the salaries can vary.

A casual observer might think that the higher paid jobs in these fields are determined by the number of agency employees. That may be a factor, but the biggest differential is the agency where these employees work.

The agencies with the highest average salaries often have higher salaries across-the-board and are often not an agency with a large workforce. They may also work in an agency with a specialized mission and a pay system that is outside the normal General Schedule system used by most agencies.

All of the data in the charts are compiled from the FedSmith database of individual federal employee salaries. This does not include every federal employee as some data are withheld for reasons of national security.

Agencies With Highest-Paid EEO Employees

As an example, here are the agencies with the highest-paid EEO employees and the number of employees in the agency. The data demonstrate agencies with the largest number of employees do not necessarily have the highest-paid employee in that field.

The most glaring example is the Federal Housing and Finance Agency with 725 employees and the highest-paid EEO person making $202,802. At the other end of this spectrum, Homeland Security has 205,121 people with the highest-paid EEO person making $189,600.

Agency # Agency Employees Highest Salary
FDIC 5,910 242,591
TREASURY 88,605 204,829
FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 1,501 203,631
FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY 725 202,802
HOMELAND SECURITY 205,121 189,600
COMMERCE 46,004 189,600
HUD 7,466 189,101
TRANSPORTATION 54,111 188,949
AGRICULTURE 90,382 187,473
NASA 17,183 187,000

Here are the agencies with their highest-paid EEO employee falling below other agencies. The chart also shows the number of employees in each agency.

Agency # of Employees Highest Salary
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM 142 133,689
AIR FORCE 169,381 133,155
NAVY 212,956 132,398
RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD 882 129,109
FTC 1,115 126,062
FCC 1,449 126,049
MARITIME COMMISSION 113 122,230
NLRB 1,323 103,435
FOUNDATION ON ARTS AND HUMANITIES 390 86,984
INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION 230 83,159

Agencies With the Highest-Paid Human Resources Employee

Virtually all agencies also have a human resources office. As in the EEO career field, some of the highest-paid HR employees work in agencies with a smaller number of employees.

Some of these smaller agencies have their own salary system and may negotiate wages with a union representing employees in the bargaining unit. The higher salaries that are paid are reflected in administrative positions and not just in the technical positions.

As with the EEO career field, some of the agencies with the smallest number of agency employees have some of the highest-paid human resources employees. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, with 687 employees, places high on the list of these best-paying agencies.

Agency # Employees Highest Paid HR Employee
TREASURY 88,605 268,400
FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 1,501 246,109
FDIC 5,910 243,500
SEC 4,445 243,500
FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY 725 243,383
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 687 221,241
PRESIDIO TRUST 353 192,767
COURT SERVICES AND OFFENDER SUPERVISION AGENCY 1,132 189,600
AGRICULTURE 90,382 189,600
COMMERCE 46,004 189,600

On the other hand, here is a listing of several small agencies, often unknown to most Americans, with a small number of employees and which finish at the bottom of a list of the highest-paid HR employee.

Agency # Employees Highest Paid HR Employee
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM 142 137,508
EXPORT-IMPORT BANK 393 129,869
COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS 46 126,062
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM 168 119,597
OFC OF NAVAJO AND HOPI INDIAN RELOCATION 27 116,854
NATIONAL CAPITAL PLANNING COMMISSION 38 100,203
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION 52 95,139
ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIER COMPLIANCE BOARD 36 70,304
DENALI COMMISSION 21 69,247

Median vs. Average Salaries

Some readers inevitably comment on the probable difference between an average salary and a median salary on the assumption that the median salary will yield a much different result.

For purposes of comparison, here are some of the median and average salaries in agencies discussed from this list with a display of the average/median salaries for all agency employees and the average/median salaries for the EEO and HR management employees in these agencies.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

For more information, here is the breakout for EEO and HR salaries for several of the other agencies referenced above.

Agency Median Salary Average Salary
EEO
FDIC 143,665 152,741
Federal Housing Finance Agency 202,802 202,802
DHS 106,143 110,900
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 147,467 147,467
HR
FDIC 132,663 139,170
Federal Housing Finance Agency 173,216 178,097
DHS 96,970 100,231
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 176,676 169,272

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Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

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