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Oceanographer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Oceanographer"

How much does an Oceanographer in the federal government get paid? $130,399.78* *Based on the 2020 average.

Oceanographer was the 297th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 285 employed. The most common payscale was the scientific and engineering professional payscale.

In 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hired the most employees titled Oceanography, with an average salary of $130,447.

Government Oceanography jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Oceanography 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 an Oceanographer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 198 $130,446.83
Geological Survey 39 $113,724.36
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 16 $127,589.75
Goddard Space Flight Center 15 $146,666.13
National Science Foundation 10 $176,219.20
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $126,563.33
U.S. Coast Guard 3 $136,764.33
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $106,610.00

Oceanographer Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Oceanographer is $130,399.78. The highest paid Oceanographer made $197,300 in 2020.

Common Oceanographer Payscales

Payscale Number of Oceanography Employees
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 170
GS - General Schedule 85
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 9
ST - Scientific And Professional 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
EE - Expert (other) 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 Oceanography 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
IllustratingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Medical TechnologistProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Production ControlClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Soil ConservationProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
HistoryProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Oceanography Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Oceanographer was $91,347. Since then, the average pay has increased to $130,400 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1360.

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