Benefits of Working for the Department of Education


Pay is based on position, level, and geographic location. Entry level professional salaries range from about 22K to 27K (GS5-GS7) annually. In addition, locality pay is provided to offset the cost of living in many areas.

Flexible Schedules

  • Vary work hours
  • Schedule work for fewer days by increasing hours worked each day


Alternatives are available for working from an alternative work site such as a telecommuting center or your home. Over 20% of ED employees telecommuted during 2000.

Benefits and Perks

  • Leave - Enjoy earning between 13 and 26 days of annual leave per year. Accumulate 13 days of sick leave per year to use for care of yourself and family members.
  • Health Insurance - A wide selection of health plans are available with no medical pre-certification requirements.
  • Life Insurance - ED employees have the option to purchase life insurance and to select from different levels of coverage for the employee and family members.
  • Retirement - A secure retirement with investment options.
  • Reasonable Accommodation - Assistive technology and resources for people with disabilities are provided to support employees in the performance of their duties.
  • Volunteer Activities - The Department will match leave taken to participate in youth, education and community based non-profit volunteer activities (up to 4 hours per pay period).
  • Teacher Conferences - The Department provides additional time off to participate in teacher conferences for parents and guardians.
  • Transit Benefit and Metro Subsidy - The Department provides a transit benefit of up to $100 a month to all employees who utilize mass transit options as their primary source of transportation.
  • Child Care Subsidy - Subsidies for child care provided to lower-income ED employees who enroll one child in an approved child care program.

Ongoing Training and Development/Career Development

The Department of Education houses a world-class training facility offering courses in:

  • Computer Learning
  • Contracts
  • Oral & Written Skills
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Customer Service
  • Career & Life Planning
  • Diversity
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Building
  • Technology
  • Time Management
  • Human Resources
  • Access to a number of Undergraduate & Graduate Courses & Certificate Programs

    For questions related to current jobs please contact:
    Human Resources Services Central Line
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW Suite 1E102
    Washington, DC 20202

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    Last Modified: 02/27/2009