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Department of Energy - Federal Departments

Year Founded:
$24B / year
Employee Expense:
$1.51B in 2022

The Federal Government is broken down into fifteen departments, each of which consists of a number of sub-departments and organizational groups tasked with accomplishing the Department's overall goals.

The Department of Energy focuses on all things nuclear. DOEs concern ranges from enacting rules and regulations production, disposal, and handling of nuclear material to managing the nations nuclear weapons. The DOE also manages more placid energy issues including energy conservation, energy research, and energy production. The Department of Energy even focuses on some non-energy related projects including research for the Hunan Genome Project.

In its offices and laboratories across the nation, the DOE ensures prosperity for the United States by ensuring our nations energy concerns are managed safely, effectively, and sustainably while developing new technologies needed for our nations future growth.

Who does the Department of Energy hire?

The Department of Energy employs many individuals with a background in the STEM fields. DOE conducts predominately research and technical type work. Even more administrative work such as policy requires significant insight from Physicists and Nuclear Engineers. That is not to say that the DOE does not also hire non-technical positions as well.

In 2022, the most common occupation employed by the Department of Energy was General Engineering at 1,386 employees. The second largest occupation was Miscellaneous Administration And Program with 951 employees.

The DOE is based in Washington D.C. adjacent to the Nation Mall. The DOE also has positions across the county at every location in the country that handles or deals with nuclear material.

History of the Department of Energy

The precursor to the DoE, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), was created regulate the future of nuclear energy after World War II. The AEC regulated nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power for domestic energy needs. After the 1973 oil crisis, there was a concerted effort to consolidate the departments and agencies that create energy policy. On August 4, 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act which created the Department of Energy.

Today, the DoE handles policy related to energy sustainability, reliability, and efficiency. The DoE still handles matters related to nuclear power for domestic use and nuclear safety. Nuclear weapons are now managed by the Department of State.

Average Pay of an Employee in the Department of Energy

Year Average Pay
2004 $85213.80
2005 $88335.79
2006 $91822.01
2007 $94269.70
2008 $97730.85
2009 $101218.72
2010 $103867.04
2011 $108784.29
2012 $109194.38
2013 $110075.03
2014 $111844.40
2015 $113467.51
2016 $115735.13
2017 $118989.58
2018 $120413.91
2019 $122893.29
2020 $128683.03
2021 $128643.24
2022 $134562.47

Agencies in the Department of Energy (2022)

Agency Employee Count Total Salary Expense Average Pay
Department of Energy 13,149 $1.31B $128,603
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1,459 $201.93M $140,522

Data Sources

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