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Economist - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Economist"

How much does an Economist in the federal government get paid? $117,316.34* *Based on the 2016 average.
4,378 EMPLOYEES
$508.92M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Economist was the 62nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 4,378 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics hired the most employees titled Economist, with an average salary of $96,666.

Government Economist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Economist job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions that require application of a professional knowledge of economics in the performance of duties that include: research into economic phenomena, analysis of economic data, and the preparation of interpretive reports; advice and consultation on economic matters to governmental officials and private organizations or citizens; and the performance of other professional work in economics including supervision and the direction of economists engaged in the various economics programs of the Federal Government.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Economist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Bureau of Labor Statistics 1,149 $96,665.74
Bureau of Economic Analysis 264 $111,851.19
Departmental Offices 235 $129,118.20
Internal Revenue Service 223 $117,896.23
Economic Research Service 207 $120,043.42
Environmental Protection Agency 161 $116,425.84
Securities and Exchange Commission 112 $177,553.94
Department of Energy 94 $115,247.41
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 87 $133,708.55
Office of Comptroller of Currency 80 $179,013.98
Federal Trade Commission 79 $146,505.94
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 74 $93,091.49
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 67 $107,597.39
Agency for International Development 65 $114,124.69
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 63 $122,552.57
Bureau of the Census 63 $116,099.73
Federal Communications Commission 62 $143,747.11
Foreign Agricultural Service 55 $101,971.69
Offices, Boards and Divisions 53 $146,145.36
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 40 $1,961.00
Food and Drug Administration 40 $117,785.85
U.S. International Trade Commission 39 $111,746.00
Federal Housing Finance Agency 36 $168,616.89
Social Security Administration 35 $127,286.03
International Trade Administration 34 $113,806.29
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 32 $119,800.63
Natural Resources Conservation Service 32 $109,773.06
Federal Aviation Administration 31 $130,951.39
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 30 $147,817.90
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 28 $121,877.32
Forest Service 25 $117,282.92
Office of Secretary of Transportation 24 $103,628.17
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $116,406.96
Bureau of Reclamation 23 $95,517.70
Geological Survey 23 $104,393.17
Office of the Chief Economist 23 $150,457.39
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 22 $133,477.23
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 21 $140,080.43
Farm Service Agency 21 $137,790.10
Agricultural Marketing Service 19 $108,307.84
U.S. Coast Guard 19 $108,603.47
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 14 $117,015.71
National Institute of Standards and Technology 14 $117,868.57
Economics and Statistics Administration 14 $133,689.43
Office of Management and Budget 14 $140,149.57
Council of Economic Advisers 13 $68,255.92
Federal Railroad Administration 13 $102,816.85
Risk Management Agency 13 $93,473.92
Employee Benefits Security Administration 13 $117,996.15
Food Safety and Inspection Service 12 $118,487.00
National Institutes of Health 12 $85,762.50
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 11 $124,244.18
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 11 $116,498.27
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 10 $109,181.40
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 10 $104,264.70
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 10 $115,210.60
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 10 $146,009.70
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 9 $104,692.22
Patent and Trademark Office 9 $117,742.56
Transportation Security Administration 9 $100,760.44
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $126,782.22
Surface Transportation Board 9 $138,092.33
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 8 $137,005.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $113,587.38
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 8 $116,754.13
Millennium Challenge Corporation 8 $127,084.00
Maritime Administration 7 $122,704.86
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $121,751.86
National Science Foundation 6 $149,817.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 6 $95,614.33
Bureau of Land Management 6 $105,873.17
Small Business Administration 6 $133,343.17
Mine Safety and Health Administration 6 $125,706.33
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 6 $122,644.33
Federal Maritime Commission 6 $116,219.33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 5 $120,756.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 5 $80,898.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 5 $92,327.20
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $105,066.20
Veterans Health Administration 5 $130,551.20
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $101,994.40
Farm Credit Administration 4 $177,988.25
National Park Service 4 $90,414.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $102,333.75
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 4 $103,391.25
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 4 $98,080.75
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $137,297.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $123,423.75
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $125,786.25
National Credit Union Administration 4 $145,999.50
Federal Highway Administration 3 $114,942.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $145,669.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $92,422.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $96,307.67
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $145,156.33
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $101,970.67
Food and Nutrition Service 3 $107,814.67
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 3 $100,914.33
Women's Bureau 2 $95,658.50
Office of Personnel Management 2 $115,424.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $122,157.00
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $85,442.00
Civil Rights 2 $66,909.00
Employment and Training Administration 2 $95,082.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $107,950.50
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $100,874.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $136,590.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $80,106.50
Agricultural Research Service 1 $86,574.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $141,400.00
U.S. Mint 1 $133,893.00
Rural Housing Service 1 $182,347.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $114,390.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $93,851.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $139,523.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $103,432.00
Departmental Administration 1 $139,523.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $158,950.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $147,288.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $158,700.00
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $73,347.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $130,453.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $94,748.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $139,523.00

Economist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Economist is $117,316.34. The highest paid Economist made $265,000 in 2016.

Common Economist Payscales

Payscale Number of Economist Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,206
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 346
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 106
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 96
ES - Senior Executive Service 84
CG - Corporate Graded 78
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 47
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 40
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 36
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 32
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 30
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 30
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 29
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 28
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 24
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 23
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 22
SL - Senior Level Positions 18
FO - Foreign Service Officers 18
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 17
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 9
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 9
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 9
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 6
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 5
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 5
CU - Credit Union Employees 4
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 3
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 2
EX - Executive Pay 2
SS - Senior Staff Positions 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 1

Starting Paygrade: $31,819.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $134,776.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 0100 SOCIAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, AND WELFARE GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Economist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Education ResearchProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Equal Employment OpportunityAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Budget AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Plant PhysiologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Economist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for an Economist was $87,989. Since then, the average pay has increased to $117,316 in 2016.


Data Sources

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