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Economist - Federal Salaries of 2010

Pay Rates for "Economist"

How much does an Economist in the federal government get paid? $110,347.48* *Based on the 2010 average.
4,323 EMPLOYEES
$476.37M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Economist was the 68th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2010, with 4,323 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics hired the most employees titled Economist, with an average salary of $91,841.

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 1,242 $91,841.10
Bureau of Economic Analysis 269 $106,642.08
Economic Research Service 246 $118,758.02
Internal Revenue Service 238 $101,952.87
Departmental Offices 227 $129,879.40
Department of Energy 173 $109,120.94
Environmental Protection Agency 162 $115,499.31
Federal Trade Commission 84 $141,304.56
Foreign Agricultural Service 74 $97,356.81
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 70 $111,668.50
Agency for International Development 68 $94,090.05
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 67 $117,995.12
Office of Comptroller of Currency 67 $164,332.85
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 65 $137,049.12
International Trade Administration 57 $111,081.51
Offices, Boards and Divisions 57 $147,646.58
Federal Communications Commission 57 $147,341.58
Bureau of the Census 53 $98,295.21
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 51 $102,362.04
Natural Resources Conservation Service 41 $100,223.05
U.S. International Trade Commission 40 $121,074.78
Social Security Administration 39 $123,206.44
Securities and Exchange Commission 35 $186,601.20
Federal Aviation Administration 30 $125,045.30
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 29 $119,013.69
Farm Service Agency 28 $129,879.29
Office of the Chief Economist 27 $148,527.70
Food and Drug Administration 26 $115,627.62
Federal Housing Finance Agency 25 $145,154.56
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 25 $109,352.16
Agricultural Marketing Service 24 $113,270.13
Forest Service 24 $95,786.08
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 22 $118,765.55
Bureau of Reclamation 22 $86,175.86
Department of State 21 $125,009.48
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 20 $91,837.90
U.S. Coast Guard 20 $103,327.40
Geological Survey 19 $108,482.63
National Institute of Standards and Technology 19 $127,568.53
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 17 $142,658.71
Office of Management and Budget 17 $146,670.29
Risk Management Agency 16 $97,469.50
Economics and Statistics Administration 16 $137,002.81
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 15 $109,298.33
Federal Railroad Administration 15 $122,211.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 14 $113,334.50
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 12 $105,256.83
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 12 $123,638.92
Veterans Health Administration 11 $121,526.55
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 11 $113,381.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 11 $119,554.82
Surface Transportation Board 10 $126,379.80
Transportation Security Administration 10 $101,807.40
Small Business Administration 10 $129,380.70
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 10 $130,103.70
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 10 $137,777.60
National Science Foundation 9 $147,545.11
Employee Benefits Security Administration 9 $100,979.89
National Institutes of Health 9 $134,441.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 8 $117,021.50
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 8 $129,459.50
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 8 $122,628.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 8 $74,429.75
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 8 $102,347.63
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 7 $74,729.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 7 $118,648.86
Bureau of Land Management 7 $93,077.14
Export-Import Bank of the United States 7 $113,349.29
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $118,931.71
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 6 $88,640.50
Maritime Administration 6 $126,596.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $76,377.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $142,153.17
Food Safety and Inspection Service 6 $124,248.50
Mine Safety and Health Administration 6 $104,280.83
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $115,666.40
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 5 $100,249.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 5 $81,300.60
Federal Maritime Commission 4 $114,052.75
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 4 $102,397.25
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 4 $119,389.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 4 $80,228.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $89,488.50
Office of Thrift Supervision 4 $172,503.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $88,082.33
Council of Economic Advisers 3 $143,566.67
Employment and Training Administration 3 $83,637.67
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $139,917.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $96,346.67
National Credit Union Administration 2 $156,778.00
Women's Bureau 2 $115,742.00
Farm Credit Administration 2 $177,102.50
Agricultural Research Service 2 $103,263.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $59,372.00
Rural Housing Service 2 $126,228.50
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 2 $129,946.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $125,494.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 2 $96,063.00
Food and Nutrition Service 2 $103,294.00
National Park Service 2 $113,399.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $129,952.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $109,567.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $93,355.50
Millennium Challenge Corporation 2 $143,750.50
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $110,610.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $116,106.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $145,817.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $121,238.00
U.S. Mint 1 $94,583.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 1 $152,635.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $136,771.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $106,839.00
Office of Budget and Program Analysis 1 $92,001.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $80,171.00
African Development Foundation 1 $133,264.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $89,033.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $155,500.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $165,300.00
Employment Standards Administration 1 $97,333.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $97,333.00
Civil Rights 1 $133,264.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 1 $112,224.00

Economist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Economist is $110,347.48. The highest paid Economist made $250,000 in 2010.

Common Economist Payscales

Payscale Number of Economist Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,275
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 344
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 87
ES - Senior Executive Service 85
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 67
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 65
CG - Corporate Graded 65
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 53
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 41
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 33
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 33
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 31
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 30
SL - Senior Level Positions 15
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 12
FO - Foreign Service Officers 11
TM - Federal Housing Finance Board Merit Pay 10
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 6
TS - Federal Housing Finance Board Step Sys. 6
OF - Ofc Of Fed Housing Enterprise Oversight 5
TG - Ofc Of Thrift Supervision Salary Schedul 4
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 4
TF - Federal Housing Finance Board Executive 3
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 2
EX - Executive Pay 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 2
** - 2
ZA - Administrative 2
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 1
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
CU - Credit Union Employees 1
SS - Senior Staff Positions 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
OE - Exec Of Ofc Fed Housg Enterpri Oversight 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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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