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Economist - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Economist"

How much does an Economist in the federal government get paid? $113,409.95* *Based on the 2013 average.
4,188 EMPLOYEES
$470.99M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Economist was the 67th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 4,188 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics hired the most employees titled Economist, with an average salary of $95,497.

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 1,153 $95,496.58
Bureau of Economic Analysis 268 $108,808.73
Internal Revenue Service 255 $111,828.23
Departmental Offices 225 $128,684.06
Economic Research Service 194 $122,252.06
Environmental Protection Agency 154 $115,226.11
Department of Energy 103 $111,923.83
Federal Trade Commission 84 $142,731.69
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 78 $128,199.92
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 78 $99,610.71
Agency for International Development 72 $106,184.29
Office of Comptroller of Currency 72 $181,992.99
Securities and Exchange Commission 65 $172,478.89
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 64 $119,588.47
Bureau of the Census 60 $106,440.87
Federal Communications Commission 57 $145,129.16
Foreign Agricultural Service 55 $101,973.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 53 $104,513.02
Offices, Boards and Divisions 47 $147,589.60
International Trade Administration 40 $114,727.15
Natural Resources Conservation Service 36 $102,773.56
Federal Housing Finance Agency 36 $141,998.17
Social Security Administration 35 $127,322.54
U.S. International Trade Commission 34 $117,368.94
Food and Drug Administration 33 $111,150.00
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 31 $0.00
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 29 $141,929.31
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 28 $118,990.32
Federal Aviation Administration 27 $126,433.33
Geological Survey 27 $98,560.44
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 26 $121,958.23
Forest Service 25 $104,173.12
Farm Service Agency 25 $135,698.96
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 24 $110,146.13
Office of the Chief Economist 24 $148,274.17
Agricultural Marketing Service 24 $107,675.79
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 22 $115,103.82
Department of State 21 $131,887.05
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 21 $93,346.81
Bureau of Reclamation 20 $90,942.75
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 17 $142,671.29
Economics and Statistics Administration 15 $129,133.53
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 15 $111,805.53
Office of Management and Budget 15 $144,897.93
Risk Management Agency 14 $103,435.93
U.S. Coast Guard 14 $104,922.14
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 12 $107,413.92
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 12 $110,018.08
Federal Railroad Administration 11 $125,349.18
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 11 $115,846.73
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 11 $98,761.73
National Institute of Standards and Technology 11 $122,339.00
Employee Benefits Security Administration 11 $112,585.00
Transportation Security Administration 10 $82,448.40
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 10 $139,300.20
Surface Transportation Board 9 $131,441.67
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 9 $128,444.44
Consumer Product Safety Commission 9 $122,540.44
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 8 $112,927.63
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $95,427.88
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 8 $121,007.25
Food Safety and Inspection Service 8 $112,357.13
Mine Safety and Health Administration 8 $118,569.88
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 8 $113,794.13
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 8 $110,970.50
Maritime Administration 7 $117,718.29
Veterans Health Administration 7 $123,872.14
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 7 $88,491.86
Millennium Challenge Corporation 7 $122,608.43
National Science Foundation 7 $144,117.71
Small Business Administration 7 $133,031.86
National Institutes of Health 7 $108,041.29
Patent and Trademark Office 7 $104,524.43
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 6 $84,594.50
Bureau of Land Management 6 $101,861.67
Federal Maritime Commission 6 $120,963.17
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 6 $110,837.67
Financial Management Service 6 $100,820.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 6 $90,562.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $111,277.60
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 5 $104,563.20
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 5 $137,498.20
National Credit Union Administration 5 $133,709.40
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 4 $108,798.25
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $99,281.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 4 $84,006.25
Federal Highway Administration 3 $107,619.00
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $142,247.33
Farm Credit Administration 3 $165,074.67
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 3 $95,887.67
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $109,462.33
Railroad Retirement Board 3 $82,352.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $149,942.50
Employment and Training Administration 2 $85,118.50
Government National Mortgage Association 2 $120,990.50
Civil Rights 2 $51,630.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 2 $81,490.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 2 $83,758.50
National Park Service 2 $80,567.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $94,200.50
Office of Personnel Management 2 $112,224.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $131,169.50
Rural Housing Service 2 $131,507.50
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2 $120,991.00
Food and Nutrition Service 2 $104,041.50
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2 $105,211.00
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2 $132,611.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2 $116,815.00
Council of Economic Advisers 2 $115,150.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $126,251.00
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 1 $97,333.00
Women's Bureau 1 $115,742.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $82,570.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $140,259.00
Office of Inspector General (Federal Housing Finance Agency) 1 $205,000.00
Bureau of the Public Debt 1 $105,211.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $108,717.00
U.S. Mint 1 $126,601.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $141,307.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $136,771.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $129,758.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $155,500.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $165,300.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $112,136.00

Economist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Economist is $113,409.95. The highest paid Economist made $253,500 in 2013.

Common Economist Payscales

Payscale Number of Economist Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,101
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 331
ES - Senior Executive Service 77
CG - Corporate Graded 76
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 72
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 69
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 63
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 56
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 50
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 34
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 34
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 31
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 29
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 27
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 27
SL - Senior Level Positions 15
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 15
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 15
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
AP - Admin, Profess, & Scientific Career Path 8
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 7
FO - Foreign Service Officers 6
CU - Credit Union Employees 4
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 3
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 3
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 3
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 2
EX - Executive Pay 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 1
EG - Consultant (other) 1
SS - Senior Staff Positions 1
FE - Senior Foreign Service 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
EM - Fdic Executive-level Positions Only 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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