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

Economist - Federal Salaries of 2011

Pay Rates for "Economist"

How much does an Economist in the federal government get paid? $111,304.21* *Based on the 2011 average.
4,250 EMPLOYEES
$471.93M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Economist was the 70th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2011, with 4,250 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics hired the most employees titled Economist, with an average salary of $93,366.

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 1,191 $93,366.29
Bureau of Economic Analysis 279 $105,031.93
Economic Research Service 233 $119,941.41
Internal Revenue Service 229 $106,416.79
Departmental Offices 227 $131,005.30
Environmental Protection Agency 172 $115,093.36
Department of Energy 108 $109,962.45
Federal Trade Commission 80 $141,004.93
Agency for International Development 79 $98,035.78
Office of Comptroller of Currency 72 $168,893.18
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 70 $113,037.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 68 $117,174.44
Foreign Agricultural Service 65 $101,448.92
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 62 $139,774.74
Federal Communications Commission 58 $144,504.03
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 57 $102,220.58
Bureau of the Census 57 $96,951.19
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 56 $107,214.36
Offices, Boards and Divisions 54 $147,261.44
International Trade Administration 48 $114,641.35
Natural Resources Conservation Service 44 $100,474.93
U.S. International Trade Commission 42 $113,457.60
Social Security Administration 37 $122,913.95
Securities and Exchange Commission 35 $185,785.74
Federal Aviation Administration 32 $122,355.38
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 30 $116,765.90
Federal Housing Finance Agency 30 $147,868.53
Farm Service Agency 28 $130,817.68
Food and Drug Administration 27 $114,318.22
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 27 $115,423.11
Agricultural Marketing Service 25 $104,083.44
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 25 $108,063.88
Office of the Chief Economist 25 $149,467.16
Forest Service 22 $102,549.91
Bureau of Reclamation 21 $88,491.86
Geological Survey 21 $101,636.76
Department of State 21 $127,603.76
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 20 $95,782.30
U.S. Coast Guard 19 $108,600.84
Office of Management and Budget 18 $145,013.61
National Institute of Standards and Technology 18 $124,763.11
Economics and Statistics Administration 17 $133,294.71
Risk Management Agency 17 $99,517.06
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 16 $142,223.81
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 14 $112,153.07
Federal Railroad Administration 13 $121,528.62
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation., & Enforcement 13 $108,584.85
Veterans Health Administration 11 $122,587.36
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 10 $107,443.80
Small Business Administration 10 $131,761.10
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 10 $116,478.00
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 10 $127,764.80
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 10 $108,203.20
National Institutes of Health 9 $136,768.11
Transportation Security Administration 9 $99,615.11
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 9 $142,922.33
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $127,139.78
Surface Transportation Board 9 $127,932.22
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 8 $127,364.50
Employee Benefits Security Administration 8 $112,721.75
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 8 $131,591.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 8 $81,223.00
Bureau of Land Management 7 $92,291.86
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 7 $115,212.00
National Science Foundation 7 $143,235.57
Maritime Administration 7 $127,437.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 7 $742.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $123,083.43
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 6 $88,716.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 6 $132,757.67
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $82,499.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 6 $74,334.50
Mine Safety and Health Administration 6 $108,748.17
Export-Import Bank of the United States 6 $111,336.33
Millennium Challenge Corporation 5 $129,103.60
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 5 $86,110.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 5 $128,447.00
Patent and Trademark Office 5 $112,374.60
Federal Maritime Commission 5 $114,984.00
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 4 $105,494.50
Office of Secretary of Transportation 4 $135,479.75
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 4 $102,955.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $94,119.50
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $141,292.33
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 3 $103,814.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 3 $88,946.33
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3 $103,544.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 3 $99,686.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $96,346.67
National Credit Union Administration 3 $159,904.33
Employment and Training Administration 3 $85,351.67
Food and Nutrition Service 2 $102,794.00
Financial Management Service 2 $115,128.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2 $129,757.50
Council of Economic Advisers 2 $137,650.00
Women's Bureau 2 $116,175.50
Agricultural Research Service 2 $104,410.50
Rural Housing Service 2 $130,361.00
Farm Credit Administration 2 $172,876.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $126,147.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $67,380.50
Office of Personnel Management 2 $105,211.00
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 2 $83,680.50
Federal Highway Administration 2 $117,634.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 2 $132,008.50
Federal Transit Administration 2 $129,686.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $74,713.50
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $147,879.50
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $97,333.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $155,500.00
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1 $89,033.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $106,839.00
U.S. Mint 1 $94,472.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New York/New Jersey 1 $82,757.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $136,771.00
National Park Service 1 $98,045.00
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 1 $136,771.00
Civil Rights 1 $42,209.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $155,500.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $165,300.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 1 $97,333.00

Economist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Economist is $111,304.21. The highest paid Economist made $250,000 in 2011.

Common Economist Payscales

Payscale Number of Economist Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,177
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 356
ES - Senior Executive Service 82
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 73
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 72
CG - Corporate Graded 66
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 62
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 58
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 51
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 37
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 34
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 32
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 32
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 26
SL - Senior Level Positions 16
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 13
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 9
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 7
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 5
FO - Foreign Service Officers 5
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 5
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 4
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 3
EX - Executive Pay 2
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 2
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 2
CU - Credit Union Employees 2
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 2
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
SS - Senior Staff Positions 1
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 1
FE - Senior Foreign Service 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 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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