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Economist - Federal Salaries of 2015

Pay Rates for "Economist"

How much does an Economist in the federal government get paid? $116,378.01* *Based on the 2015 average.
4,266 EMPLOYEES
$491.35M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Economist was the 63rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2015, with 4,266 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2015, 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
Natural Resources Conservation Service 32 $109,773.06
Bureau of Citizenshp and Immigratn Services 32 $119,800.63
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
Bureau of Reclamation 23 $95,517.70
Geological Survey 23 $104,393.17
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 23 $116,406.96
Office of the Chief Economist 23 $150,457.39
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 22 $133,477.23
Farm Service Agency 21 $137,790.10
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 21 $140,080.43
Agricultural Marketing Service 19 $108,307.84
U.S. Coast Guard 19 $108,603.47
Economics and Statistics Administration 14 $133,689.43
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 14 $117,015.71
Office of Management and Budget 14 $140,149.57
National Institute of Standards and Technology 14 $117,868.57
Federal Railroad Administration 13 $102,816.85
Risk Management Agency 13 $93,473.92
Council of Economic Advisers 13 $68,255.92
Employee Benefits Security Administration 13 $117,996.15
National Institutes of Health 12 $85,762.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 12 $118,487.00
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 11 $124,244.18
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 11 $116,498.27
Rural Business-Cooperative Service 10 $115,210.60
Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy 10 $146,009.70
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 10 $104,264.70
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 10 $109,181.40
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
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 8 $116,754.13
Millennium Challenge Corporation 8 $127,084.00
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 8 $137,005.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 8 $113,587.38
Maritime Administration 7 $122,704.86
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 7 $121,751.86
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
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southeast/Caribbean 6 $95,614.33
Bureau of Land Management 6 $105,873.17
Federal Maritime Commission 6 $116,219.33
National Science Foundation 6 $149,817.00
Veterans Health Administration 5 $130,551.20
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 5 $120,756.60
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 5 $105,066.20
Federal Emergency Management Agency 5 $101,994.40
Office of Senior Coordinator for Midwest 5 $80,898.20
Office of Senior Coordinator for Southwest 5 $92,327.20
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 4 $125,786.25
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 4 $98,080.75
National Protection and Programs Directorate 4 $137,297.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for Pacific/Hawaii 4 $102,333.75
National Park Service 4 $90,414.25
National Credit Union Administration 4 $145,999.50
Farm Credit Administration 4 $177,988.25
Office of Inspector General (Department of Transportation) 4 $103,391.25
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 4 $123,423.75
Office of Senior Coordinator for Northwest/Alaska 3 $96,307.67
Federal Highway Administration 3 $114,942.00
Food and Nutrition Service 3 $107,814.67
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 3 $101,970.67
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 3 $100,914.33
Institute of Education Sciences 3 $145,156.33
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 3 $145,669.33
Office of Senior Coordinator for Rocky Mountains 3 $92,422.67
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $107,950.50
Office of Personnel Management 2 $115,424.50
Railroad Retirement Board 2 $85,442.00
Federal Transit Administration 2 $122,157.00
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 2 $136,590.00
Civil Rights 2 $66,909.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2 $100,874.00
Employment and Training Administration 2 $95,082.50
Women's Bureau 2 $95,658.50
Office of Senior Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic 2 $80,106.50
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 1 $73,347.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $147,288.00
Rural Housing Service 1 $182,347.00
Government National Mortgage Association 1 $139,523.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $158,950.00
Office of Senior Coordinator for New England 1 $94,748.00
Office of Secretary of Labor 1 $141,400.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $158,700.00
Office Assistant Secretary Administration and Management 1 $114,390.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $93,851.00
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 1 $130,453.00
U.S. Mint 1 $133,893.00
Departmental Administration 1 $139,523.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $86,574.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program & Data Analysis 1 $139,523.00
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 1 $103,432.00

Economist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Economist is $116,378.01. The highest paid Economist made $257,500 in 2015.

Common Economist Payscales

Payscale Number of Economist Employees
GS - General Schedule 3,135
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 331
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 100
CG - Corporate Graded 84
NB - Ofc Of Comptroller Of The Currency Only 80
ES - Senior Executive Service 72
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 40
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 37
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 36
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 35
EL - Non-executive Positions At Fhfa 35
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 33
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 31
CT - Commodity Futures Trading Commission Pos 30
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 28
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 28
OR - Employees Of The Ofr, Treasury 21
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 16
FO - Foreign Service Officers 16
SL - Senior Level Positions 15
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 10
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 9
MC - Emp Of Millennium Challenge Corporation 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 6
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 5
VH - Professional, Admin., And Managerial 4
SO - Sec Emp Formerly Under Es Pay Plan 3
CU - Credit Union Employees 3
IC - Federal Emergency Management Agency Use 3
EX - Executive Pay 2
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 2
CM - Fdic Suprv And Mangr Pos Below Exec Lev 2
SS - Senior Staff Positions 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
LL - Executives At Federal Housing Finance Ag 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
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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The series code of this occupation is 0110.

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