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General Physical Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2019

Pay Rates for "General Physical Scientist"

How much does a General Physical Scientist in the federal government get paid? $125,778.61* *Based on the 2019 average.
5,406 EMPLOYEES
$658.45M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Physical Scientist was the 336th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2019, with 5,406 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled General Physical Science, with an average salary of $120,172.

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 2,050 $120,171.60
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 726 $133,418.85
Department of Energy 528 $133,203.26
Geological Survey 366 $103,420.49
Federal Bureau of Investigation 155 $122,646.28
Goddard Space Flight Center 147 $147,871.03
National Institute of Standards and Technology 141 $145,437.96
Forest Service 126 $94,787.56
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 121 $149,922.85
National Science Foundation 114 $170,752.20
Langley Research Center 87 $136,780.18
Headquarters, Nasa 73 $167,482.49
Ames Research Center 70 $156,178.19
Agricultural Research Service 54 $114,996.90
National Park Service 53 $88,913.96
Bureau of Reclamation 48 $93,117.21
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 43 $151,629.30
Bureau of Land Management 40 $96,964.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 39 $114,835.74
Customs and Border Protection 28 $114,445.42
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 25 $101,442.48
U.S. Coast Guard 24 $111,128.92
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 23 $144,709.70
Department of State 22 $146,795.59
Food and Drug Administration 19 $125,010.74
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 19 $120,812.63
National Institutes of Health 18 $142,414.00
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 18 $149,578.89
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 18 $105,101.94
Science and Technology Directorate 17 $150,501.82
Federal Aviation Administration 15 $155,239.27
Agricultural Marketing Service 14 $76,948.93
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 12 $126,606.42
Mine Safety and Health Administration 11 $106,618.64
U.S. Agency for International Development 11 $137,292.18
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 11 $101,142.82
Office of Justice Programs 10 $137,920.90
Federal Emergency Management Agency 9 $124,894.22
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 8 $118,230.75
Indian Affairs 8 $101,947.38
U.S. Secret Service 8 $135,861.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 7 $101,575.43
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $110,410.43
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 7 $119,887.14
Natural Resources Conservation Service 5 $118,058.60
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $156,732.00
National Gallery of Art 5 $113,250.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5 $101,744.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 5 $123,935.40
Veterans Health Administration 4 $89,175.25
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 3 $132,351.00
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 3 $153,161.33
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 3 $111,885.67
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $158,296.50
Government Printing Office 2 $140,558.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 2 $145,104.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $122,682.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $166,500.00
Rural Utilities Service 1 $103,486.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $128,920.00
Departmental Administration 1 $144,538.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $106,443.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $94,617.00
Internal Revenue Service 1 $104,744.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $166,500.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $160,822.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $192,300.00
Risk Management Agency 1 $146,084.00

General Physical Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Physical Scientist is $125,778.61. The highest paid General Physical Scientist made $263,962 in 2019.

Common General Physical Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of General Physical Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,217
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 569
ES - Senior Executive Service 132
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 107
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 84
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 65
ST - Scientific And Professional 32
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 31
SL - Senior Level Positions 29
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 17
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 16
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 14
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 13
ZZ - Nonapplicable 12
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 10
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
EE - Expert (other) 6
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 6
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 5
SN - Senior Level System 4
EG - Consultant (other) 3
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 3
FO - Foreign Service Officers 3
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 2
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 2
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan 1
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 1
AJ - Administrative Judges 1
EX - Executive Pay 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / 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 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a General Physical Scientist was $93,121. Since then, the average pay has increased to $125,779 in 2019.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1301.

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