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Economist - Federal Salaries of 2009

Pay Rates for "Economist"

How much does an Economist in the federal government get paid? $107,285.05* *Based on the 2009 average.
4,225 EMPLOYEES
$451.67M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Economist was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2009, with 4,225 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics hired the most employees titled Economist, with an average salary of $89,000.

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 1,238 $88,999.83
Bureau of Economic Analysis 269 $103,262.71
Economic Research Service 232 $118,514.35
Departmental Offices 230 $126,907.95
Internal Revenue Service 225 $98,954.82
Department of Energy 176 $106,630.12
Environmental Protection Agency 164 $113,641.94
Federal Trade Commission 76 $139,828.20
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 69 $107,267.30
Office of Comptroller of Currency 65 $158,474.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 64 $96,414.33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 61 $138,265.97
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 61 $111,469.38
Offices, Boards and Divisions 59 $142,816.85
Federal Communications Commission 55 $147,438.29
International Trade Administration 54 $110,817.07
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 52 $98,256.54
Agency for International Development 50 $98,529.86
Bureau of the Census 48 $93,349.29
U.S. International Trade Commission 43 $112,254.70
Natural Resources Conservation Service 40 $96,160.43
Social Security Administration 36 $119,829.53
Federal Aviation Administration 36 $118,349.67
Securities and Exchange Commission 34 $179,632.91
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 31 $114,495.00
Farm Service Agency 31 $125,538.90
Forest Service 29 $92,414.38
Office of the Chief Economist 28 $146,001.61
Agricultural Marketing Service 27 $110,195.78
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $108,319.58
Food and Drug Administration 24 $113,421.88
Bureau of Reclamation 24 $84,752.63
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 21 $119,992.24
National Institute of Standards and Technology 20 $125,637.05
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 19 $87,412.47
U.S. Coast Guard 19 $98,282.11
Federal Housing Finance Agency 18 $5,285.71
Risk Management Agency 17 $93,360.65
Geological Survey 17 $103,503.00
Department of State 17 $127,207.41
Economics and Statistics Administration 16 $141,308.56
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 16 $141,355.06
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 15 $111,706.47
National Institutes of Health 15 $98,379.47
Federal Railroad Administration 14 $122,461.50
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 13 $113,777.69
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 13 $99,938.46
Office of Management and Budget 13 $145,098.08
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 12 $121,851.83
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 12 $124,021.58
Surface Transportation Board 12 $113,285.92
National Science Foundation 11 $140,333.18
Transportation Security Administration 10 $96,372.70
Small Business Administration 10 $122,870.80
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $121,683.70
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 10 $134,116.00
Council of Economic Advisers 9 $66,766.67
Veterans Health Administration 8 $120,070.00
Bureau of Land Management 8 $96,547.25
Employee Benefits Security Administration 8 $98,360.88
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 8 $99,693.75
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 7 $135,039.43
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 7 $113,163.14
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $109,111.86
Food Safety and Inspection Service 6 $119,883.83
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 6 $78,870.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 6 $116,621.50
Federal Maritime Commission 6 $109,824.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $140,669.67
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 5 $137,546.20
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 5 $125,723.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 5 $80,983.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 5 $81,559.60
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 5 $92,054.20
Maritime Administration 5 $127,025.60
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $116,060.75
Patent and Trademark Office 4 $102,687.00
Mine Safety and Health Administration 4 $134,838.75
Office of Thrift Supervision 4 $168,462.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $87,325.50
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 3 $150,526.33
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 3 $110,945.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $81,944.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 3 $123,623.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $98,657.67
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $137,068.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3 $129,455.67
Food and Nutrition Service 3 $102,262.67
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3 $116,114.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $92,799.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $126,109.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $83,413.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $104,834.50
Employment and Training Administration 2 $86,164.50
Women's Bureau 2 $113,007.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 2 $115,803.50
Farm Credit Administration 2 $167,385.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $92,456.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $123,143.50
National Park Service 2 $105,359.50
Rural Utilities Service 2 $119,006.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $104,915.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 2 $89,376.00
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $129,152.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $127,007.50
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 1 $102,721.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $123,269.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $106,145.00
African Development Foundation 1 $130,118.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $117,919.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $153,200.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $149,025.00
National Credit Union Administration 1 $101,013.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $104,314.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $162,900.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $106,847.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $95,026.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $95,026.00
U.S. Mint 1 $73,175.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $133,543.00
Civil Rights 1 $130,118.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $92,723.00
Departmental Administration 1 $109,570.00

Economist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Economist is $107,285.05. The highest paid Economist made $242,300 in 2009.

Common Economist Payscales

Payscale Number of Economist Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,182
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 345
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 101
ES - Senior Executive Service 91
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 65
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 61
CG - Corporate Graded 59
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 59
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 36
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 31
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 31
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 30
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 25
** - 19
SL - Senior Level Positions 15
FO - Foreign Service Officers 13
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 11
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 10
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 8
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 6
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 2
EX - Executive Pay 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,264.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $136,659.00 / 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
Cargo SchedulingTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Equal Employment OpportunityAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Soil ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Educational TherapistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Economist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for an Economist was $87,989. Since then, the average pay has increased to $121,424 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0110.

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