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General Physical Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "General Physical Scientist"

How much does a General Physical Scientist in the federal government get paid? $127,766.58* *Based on the 2021 average.
5,976 EMPLOYEES
$740.66M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

General Physical Scientist was the 50th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 5,976 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled General Physical Science, with an average salary of $123,048.

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 2,154 $123,048.19
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 862 $136,927.19
Department of Energy 627 $125,976.82
Geological Survey 497 $101,743.56
Federal Bureau of Investigation 157 $125,413.09
Forest Service 144 $96,728.29
National Institute of Standards and Technology 139 $154,182.20
Goddard Space Flight Center 138 $155,724.57
National Science Foundation 138 $181,555.82
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 108 $155,649.00
Langley Research Center 96 $139,322.34
Headquarters, Nasa 94 $171,479.71
National Park Service 63 $88,969.86
Ames Research Center 62 $165,488.82
Agricultural Research Service 54 $109,156.17
Customs and Border Protection 50 $116,962.65
Bureau of Reclamation 44 $96,034.77
Bureau of Land Management 40 $91,831.25
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 39 $108,898.90
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 37 $154,994.84
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 33 $138,094.27
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 31 $110,248.94
Science and Technology Directorate 28 $154,647.61
U.S. Coast Guard 26 $114,084.46
Department of State 22 $151,518.95
National Institutes of Health 21 $143,719.80
Food and Drug Administration 20 $139,596.60
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 19 $121,982.63
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office 17 $153,889.59
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 13 $111,583.15
Indian Affairs 12 $116,995.08
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 12 $113,830.42
Agricultural Marketing Service 12 $84,444.58
U.S. Agency for International Development 12 $140,434.67
Mine Safety and Health Administration 11 $114,772.82
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 11 $138,852.09
Federal Aviation Administration 11 $181,756.09
U.S. Secret Service 10 $148,321.10
Pipeline/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 10 $129,534.40
Office of Justice Programs 8 $142,770.50
Veterans Health Administration 7 $87,779.57
National Protection and Programs Directorate 6 $117,109.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 6 $138,594.83
Office of Secretary of Transportation 5 $112,482.20
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 5 $61,404.60
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $166,344.40
Fpac Business Center 5 $98,669.40
John F. Kennedy Space Center 5 $131,897.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 5 $127,950.80
National Gallery of Art 4 $125,851.50
Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control 4 $154,696.50
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $112,168.33
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 3 $141,937.33
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 3 $114,174.33
Office of the Chief Economist 3 $155,894.33
Natural Resources Conservation Service 3 $129,463.00
Internal Revenue Service 3 $109,000.33
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Commerce) 2 $171,331.50
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $165,893.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 2 $152,550.50
Departmental Administration 1 $159,090.00
Risk Management Agency 1 $155,481.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $130,698.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 1 $173,963.00
Government Printing Office 1 $172,500.00
Public Buildings Service 1 $131,337.00
Presidio Trust 1 $116,433.00
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 $135,798.00
Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission 1 $104,929.00
Maritime Administration 1 $170,092.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $127,614.00
John C. Stennis Space Center 1 $114,044.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $172,500.00

General Physical Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a General Physical Scientist is $127,766.58. The highest paid General Physical Scientist made $266,067 in 2021.

Common General Physical Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of General Physical Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,645
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 674
ES - Senior Executive Service 130
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 105
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 94
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 88
NN - Employees In The National Nuclear Security Administration's Engineering And Scientific Career Path 38
ST - Scientific And Professional 32
SL - Senior Level Positions 27
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 18
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 13
ET - Program Director Of The Advanced Research Projects Agency-engery 11
EJ - The Department Of Energy Organization Act Excepted Service 11
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 10
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 8
ZZ - Nonapplicable 8
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 8
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
FO - Foreign Service Officers 5
EG - Consultant (other) 5
SN - Senior Level System 3
EK - The National Defense Authorization Act Of 1995 Department Of Energy Excepted Service 3
EE - Expert (other) 3
ER - Scientific, Engineering & Professonal Pers Of The Adv Research Proj Agcy-en 3
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 2
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
EX - Executive Pay 1
AJ - Administrative Judges 1
EV - Federal Aviation Administration Executive Compensation Plan 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a General Physical Scientist was $93,121. Since then, the average pay has increased to $127,767 in 2021.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1301.

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