Pay for Indian Agency Employees

U.S. government employees working on Indian reservations received a yearly salary. It was paid quarterly–in four installments paid every three months. Following are annual salaries for government employees at the Uinta Agency, Utah in 1900.

Indian Agent  = $1,800.00 per year

Agency Clerk = $1,000.00 

Physician = $1,000.00

Miller/Engineer = $ 840.00

Sup. Irrigation = $ 840.00

Carpenter = $ 720.00

Wheelwright = $ 720.00

Blacksmith = $ 720.00

Field Matron = $ 600.00

Issue Clerk  = $ 600.00

Herder  = $ 400.00

Stableman  = $ 400.00

Blacksmith Assistant  =  $ 300.00

Interpreter = $ 200.00

Carpenter Asistant = $ 120.00

Police Captain = $ 15.00 per month

Police Private  = $ 10.00 per month

Pay rates varied by how long a person had been employed. For example, the Superintendent of Irrigation on the Uintah Reservation had a salary of $840.00 per year. The person holding the same job title on the Ouray Reservation earned $1,000.00 per year because he had been in the job longer and earned higher pay for his years of service.

Information from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1900

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