Congress has passed a retro-active 1.4% pay raise for 2019 in addition to a locality increase and 6 new localities.

Highest-Paid Employees of the Geological Survey

$174,613.40 AVERAGE PAY
$17.46M TOTAL PAY

This table shows the top-earning Federal employees of the Geological Survey in 2017, based on OPM data (base salary + bonuses).

Some employee names may be withheld by the OPM or individual agencies.
Rank Name Occupation Total Pay Location
1 James E. Cloern General Physical Science $187,869 CA
2 Darrell K. Nordstrom Hydrology $187,818 CO
3 Arthur D. Frankel Geophysics $187,500 WA
4 Kevin T. Gallagher Program Management $187,000 VA
5 Roseann C. Gonzales-Schreiner Program Management $187,000 CO
6 Anne E. Kinsinger General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences $187,000 VA
7 John R. Sauer Wildlife Biology $187,000 MD
8 James D. R. Applegate General Physical Science $187,000 VA
9 Max M. Ethridge General Physical Science $187,000 CO
10 Francis P. Kelly General Physical Science $187,000 SD
11 William H. Werkheiser General Physical Science $187,000 VA
12 David J. Wald Geophysics $187,000 CO
13 Julio L. Betancourt Hydrology $187,000 VA
14 Ronald S. Oremland Hydrology $187,000 CA
15 Tyler B. Coplen Chemistry $187,000 VA
16 Thomas M. Cronin Geology $187,000 VA
17 James R. Hein Geology $187,000 CA
18 Timothy S. Quinn Information Technology Management $186,992 VA
19 Martin B. Goldhaber Chemistry $186,923 CO
20 Paul C. D. Milly Hydrology $185,959 NJ
21 Brink Uri Ten Geophysics $185,906 MA
22 Thomas E. Parsons Geophysics $185,431 CA
23 David W. Houseknecht Geology $185,299 VA
24 Edward W. Hildreth Geology $185,091 CA
25 Ivan B. Deloatch General Physical Science $185,074 VA
26 Thomas R. Loveland General Physical Science $184,202 SD
27 Timothy S. Collett Geology $183,857 CO
28 Steven E. Ingebritsen Hydrology $183,664 CA
29 Thomas E. Martin Wildlife Biology $183,312 MT
30 John Karl F. P. Bohlke Hydrology $182,907 VA
31 Daniel R. Muhs Geology $182,789 CO
32 L. David Mech Wildlife Biology $182,468 MN
33 William S. Leith General Physical Science $181,972 VA
34 Allen M. Shapiro Hydrology $181,471 VA
35 Kevin D. Lafferty Ecology $180,406 CA
36 Michael Dettinger Hydrology $180,139 NV
37 Donna N. Myers Hydrology $180,131 CO
38 Murray Walter Hitzman Geology $180,087 VA
39 William L. Cunningham Hydrology $179,360 VA
40 Craig R. Robinson General Physical Science $178,920 VA
41 Jill S. Baron Ecology $178,905 CO
42 Gregory J. McCabe General Physical Science $177,765 CO
43 Jayne Belnap Ecology $177,318 UT
44 Cynthia Louise Lodge Financial Administration And Program $177,202
45 Betsy J. Hildebrandt Program Management $177,137 VA
46 Ward E. Sanford Hydrology $176,767 VA
47 Richard M. Iverson Hydrology $175,672 WA
48 Anthony D. McGuire Ecology $175,576 AK
49 Richard C. Ferrero General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences $175,001 WA
50 Victor F. Labson General Physical Science $174,968 VA
51 Thomas C. Hanks Geophysics $174,143 CA
52 Ronald W. Harvey Hydrology $173,680 CO
53 Donald L. Deangelis Ecology $173,200 FL
54 James B. Grace Ecology $172,943 LA
55 Robert R. Mason Hydrology $172,493 VA
56 Aimee Marie Devaris General Physical Science $172,138 AK
57 Judy Jennifer Nowakowski Miscellaneous Administration And Program $171,614 VA
58 Mark K. Sogge General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences $171,315 CA
59 Donald Walter Cline General Physical Science $170,964 VA
60 Joseph V. Seger Program Management $170,900 VA
61 Susan M. Haig Wildlife Biology $170,113 OR
62 Geoffrey S. Plumlee General Physical Science $169,998 VA
63 John Francis Organ General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences $168,978 VA
64 David A. Lockner Geophysics $168,315 CA
65 Robert R. Seal Geology $168,315 VA
66 Jeffrey A. Royle Statistics $168,315 MD
67 Stephen D. McCormick Physiology $167,758 MA
68 Leon M. Carl General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences $166,613 MI
69 Paul E. Exter Program Management $166,400 MD
70 Mark David Naftzger Cartography $165,400 VA
71 Thomas C. Wood Program Management $164,900 VA
72 Donald E. Tillitt Toxicology $164,786 MO
73 John C. Brock Geology $164,650 VA
74 Cheryl A. Morris Program Management $164,150 CO
75 Michael H. Tupper Program Management $164,051 VA
76 Katherine M. McCulloch Program Management $163,900 VA
77 Pamela S. Haverland Management And Program Analysis $163,900 VA
78 Nancy B. Sternberg Management And Program Analysis $163,900 VA
79 Scott G. Morton Contracting $163,900 VA
80 Brad T. Aagaard Geophysics $163,900 CA
81 Joan S. Gomberg Geophysics $163,900 WA
82 Andrew J. Michael Geophysics $163,900 CA
83 David L. Saghy Geography $163,400 VA
84 Kenneth M. Shaffer Geography $163,400 VA
85 Marianne V. Lukas Cartography $163,400 VA
86 Ray Thomas Benjamin Miscellaneous Administration And Program $162,900 VA
87 Anne Nmn Barrett Budget Analysis $162,900 VA
88 John W. Haines General Physical Science $162,900 VA
89 Barnaby J. Watten Fish Biology $162,700 WV
90 Richard B. Wanty Chemistry $162,650 CO
91 Karen Duttweiler Kelley Geology $162,600 CO
92 Eugene S. Schweig Geology $162,600 CO
93 Thomas M. Brocher Geophysics $162,400 CA
94 Eric L. Geist Geophysics $162,400 CA
95 Barbara A. Bekins Hydrology $162,400 CA
96 Karen Lund Geology $162,400 CO
97 Thomas W. Sisson Geology $162,400 CA
98 Kenneth Belitz Hydrology $162,200 MA
99 Judson W. Harvey Hydrology $162,200 VA
100 Brian G. Wachter Facility Operations Services $162,200 VA

Data Sources

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