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The Five Agencies Most, and Least, Satisfied with Pay in 2012

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Across the board, the annual list of Best Places to Work in the federal government showed a large drop in overall employee job satisfaction. A large contributor to that decline, the report notes, is the continued pay freeze in the federal government.

The below list shows the agencies most, and least, satisfied with pay in the last year, according to the 2012 Best Places to Work index. All scores are out of a possible 100.

The results are broken down by three major categories:

(RELATED: The Five Best Places to Work in Government | The Five Worst Places to Work in Government)

Large Agencies - HIGHEST Satisfaction with Pay:

  1. Intelligence Community (67.9)
  2. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (67.0)
  3. Environmental Protection Agency (64.3)
  4. Department of Transportation (63.3)
  5. Department of Commerce (62.9)

Large Agencies – LOWEST Satisfaction with Pay:

  1. Department of Veterans Affairs (45.5)
  2. Department of Homeland Security (53.9)
  3. Department of the Army (55.0)
  4. Department of Agriculture (55.1)
  5. Department of the Treasury (55.4)

Mid-Size Agencies - HIGHEST Satisfaction with Pay:

  1. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (80.8)
  2. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (67.1)
  3. Office of Personnel Management (66.2)
  4. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (65.5)
  5. General Services Administration (63.5)

Mid-Size Agencies – LOWEST Satisfaction with Pay:

  1. National Archives and Records Administration (48.4)
  2. Federal Trade Commission (51.2)
  3. National Labor Relations Board (53.4)
  4. Securities and Exchange Commission (54.9)
  5. U.S. Agency for International Development (55.2)

Small Agencies - HIGHEST Satisfaction with Pay:

  1. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (78.3)
  2. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (74.2)
  3. Surface Transportation Board (74.0)
  4. National Endowment for the Humanities (70.1)
  5. National Transportation Safety Board (67.1)

Small Agencies – LOWEST Satisfaction with Pay:

  1. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (34.9)
  2. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (36.8)
  3. U.S. International Trade Commission (38.7)
  4. Corporation for National and Community Service (42.1)
  5. National Gallery of Art (45.4)

Read more about the dip in employee satisfaction and visit to see how your agency performed. 

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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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