General Physical Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2022
Pay Rates for "General Physical Scientist"How much does a General Physical Scientist in the federal government get paid? $130,488.94* *Based on the 2022 average.
General Physical Scientist was the 51st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2022, with 5,968 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled General Physical Science, with an average salary of $123,850.
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.
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
General Physical Scientist Pay Distribution
The average pay for a General Physical Scientist is $130,488.94. The highest paid General Physical Scientist made $350,930 in 2022.
Common General Physical Scientist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of General Physical Science Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||4,640|
|ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional||683|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||125|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified||115|
|GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule||87|
|EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only||87|
|NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path||35|
|ST - Scientific And Professional||32|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||25|
|EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109)||23|
|RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment||17|
|ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery||11|
|EI - Advisory Committee Member (other)||11|
|EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109)||10|
|FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan||10|
|EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service||9|
|RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose||9|
|FO - Foreign Service Officers||6|
|EG - Consultant (other)||5|
|ZZ - Nonapplicable||5|
|ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109)||5|
|EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service||3|
|ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en||3|
|EE - Expert (other)||3|
|SN - Senior Level System||3|
|PG - Printing Office Grades||1|
|ZA - Administrative||1|
|EX - Executive Pay||1|
|AJ - Administrative Judges||1|
|FP - Foreign Service Personnel||1|
|EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$152,771.00 / 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|
|Visual Information||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|General Telecommunication||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Botany||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Electrical Engineering||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Biological Science Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
Average General Physical Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2022
In 2004, the average pay for a General Physical Scientist was $93,121. Since then, the average pay has increased to $130,489 in 2022.
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