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General Physical Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "General Physical Scientist"

How much does a General Physical Scientist in the federal government get paid? $121,243.13* *Based on the 2017 average.
5,494 EMPLOYEES
$662.59M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Physical Scientist was the 53rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 5,494 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled General Physical Science, with an average salary of $115,692.

Government General Physical Science jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a General Physical Science 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

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 a General Physical Scientist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Environmental Protection Agency 2,116 $115,692.40
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 704 $129,073.56
Department of Energy 557 $130,874.99
Geological Survey 387 $102,404.58
National Institute of Standards and Technology 141 $141,408.96
Federal Bureau of Investigation 141 $100,126.66
Goddard Space Flight Center 139 $142,095.15
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 131 $144,250.58
Forest Service 126 $92,465.79
National Science Foundation 114 $164,099.42
Langley Research Center 82 $131,793.01
Ames Research Center 72 $154,346.88
Headquarters, Nasa 69 $162,379.04
Agricultural Research Service 62 $104,988.67
National Park Service 57 $86,540.47
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 51 $105,047.39
Bureau of Land Management 47 $90,480.26
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 46 $145,823.41
Bureau of Reclamation 42 $92,291.19
Department of State 24 $139,962.58
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 24 $99,919.83
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 23 $137,801.35
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 21 $102,352.29
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 20 $135,278.65
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 20 $108,249.70
Ous for Science and Technology 20 $150,967.65
National Institutes of Health 19 $128,401.84
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 19 $112,779.11
Food and Drug Administration 16 $109,256.94
Federal Aviation Administration 13 $155,837.46
Office of Justice Programs 13 $129,223.85
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 13 $97,532.92
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 13 $121,261.77
Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration 12 $77,540.33
Mine Safety and Health Administration 10 $103,481.40
National Protection and Programs Directorate 9 $95,780.33
Indian Affairs 9 $98,831.56
Agency for International Development 9 $143,678.89
Federal Emergency Management Agency 8 $125,164.38
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 8 $120,833.63
Office of Secretary of Transportation 8 $108,340.25
John F. Kennedy Space Center 7 $126,298.57
U.S. Secret Service 6 $129,181.00
Natural Resources Conservation Service 6 $112,782.83
Drug Enforcement Administration 6 $149,071.50
Bureau of Transportation Statistics 6 $129,941.83
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $93,337.40
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4 $93,413.75
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 4 $126,418.75
National Gallery of Art 4 $125,831.25
Veterans Health Administration 4 $100,023.00
Internal Revenue Service 3 $119,640.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 3 $146,014.33
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 3 $144,828.67
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $162,725.00
Government Printing Office 2 $134,359.00
Food Safety and Inspection Service 1 $123,234.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 1 $161,340.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $161,900.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $123,234.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $100,368.00
Federal Communications Commission 1 $162,700.00
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1 $141,894.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $114,661.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $88,677.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $187,000.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $161,900.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 1 $70,603.00
Risk Management Agency 1 $138,205.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $97,258.00

General Physical Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Physical Scientist is $121,243.13. The highest paid General Physical Scientist made $245,670 in 2017.

Common General Physical Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of General Physical Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,298
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 571
ES - Senior Executive Service 139
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 116
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 83
EN - Nat Nuclear Security Admin Exc Srvc Only 51
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 43
ST - Scientific And Professional 35
SL - Senior Level Positions 28
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 17
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 16
ZZ - Nonapplicable 13
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 12
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 11
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 10
EJ - Dept Of Energy Org Act Excepted Service 9
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
SN - Senior Level System 5
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 5
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 4
EE - Expert (other) 3
FO - Foreign Service Officers 3
EG - Consultant (other) 3
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 2
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EK - Nat Defense Auth Act 1995 Energy Exc Svc 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 1
AJ - Administrative Judges 1
EV - Faa Executive Compensation Plan 1
IR - Irs Broadband Class And Pay System Pos 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: 1300 PHYSICAL SCIENCES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for General Physical Science 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
Exhibits SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
MessengerClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Wildlife Refuge ManagementProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Naval ArchitectureProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
PhysiologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average General Physical Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a General Physical Scientist was $93,121. Since then, the average pay has increased to $121,243 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1301.

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