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Operations Researcher - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Operations Researcher"

How much does an Operations Researcher in the federal government get paid? $130,516.27* *Based on the 2020 average.

Operations Researcher was the 169th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 1,010 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration hired the most employees titled Operations Research, with an average salary of $147,132.

Government Operations Research jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Operations Research 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 Operations Researcher

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Federal Aviation Administration 172 $147,131.63
Internal Revenue Service 132 $118,281.34
Department of Energy 126 $121,784.87
Food and Drug Administration 123 $128,417.89
Office of Secretary of Transportation 49 $128,502.37
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 36 $137,155.00
U.S. Coast Guard 32 $114,947.19
Customs and Border Protection 30 $139,618.55
Citizenship and Immigration Services 27 $122,220.59
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 24 $123,237.67
Transportation Security Administration 23 $142,719.17
Federal Acquisition Service 21 $136,662.14
National Protection and Programs Directorate 17 $129,307.53
Social Security Administration 17 $118,280.12
Goddard Space Flight Center 13 $128,321.00
Headquarters, Nasa 13 $158,904.38
Science and Technology Directorate 10 $153,995.10
Bureau of the Census 9 $119,524.22
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 8 $150,361.63
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 8 $138,194.13
Federal Railroad Administration 6 $141,020.50
Federal Emergency Management Agency 6 $108,369.67
Geological Survey 6 $136,056.17
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 5 $116,257.60
U.S. Secret Service 5 $144,212.40
Veterans Benefits Administration 5 $130,683.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 5 $99,782.60
Veterans Health Administration 4 $97,168.50
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 4 $118,991.25
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $125,431.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $117,044.00
Office of the Inspector General (Department of Justice) 4 $112,930.25
Consumer Product Safety Commission 4 $119,055.50
Federal Student Aid 4 $125,184.25
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 3 $126,708.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 3 $172,923.33
Export-Import Bank of the United States 3 $76,798.33
Administration for Children and Families 3 $113,255.33
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 2 $123,816.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $139,512.50
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (General Services Administration) 2 $136,796.50
U.S. Marshals Service 2 $139,512.50
National Institute of Standards and Technology 2 $164,254.50
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 2 $168,350.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2 $60,526.50
Forest Service 2 $126,843.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology 2 $139,512.50
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 2 $140,069.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 2 $146,161.00
National Institutes of Health 2 $139,041.50
Food Safety and Inspection Service 2 $135,319.50
Board of Veterans Appeals 1 $157,709.00
Office of the Human Resources Management 1 $124,786.00
Farm Credit Administration 1 $0.00
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development 1 $137,491.00
Office of Justice Programs 1 $170,800.00
Drug Enforcement Administration 1 $125,360.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 1 $126,620.00
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 1 $121,316.00
Office of Inspector General (Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1 $170,800.00
National Endowment for the Arts 1 $149,621.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $156,973.00
National Transportation Safety Board 1 $133,465.00
Selective Service System 1 $106,085.00
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 1 $133,447.00
Office of Personnel Management 1 $130,043.00
Langley Research Center 1 $135,918.00

Operations Researcher Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Operations Researcher is $130,516.27. The highest paid Operations Researcher made $262,500 in 2020.

Common Operations Researcher Payscales

Payscale Number of Operations Research Employees
GS - General Schedule 725
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 143
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 28
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 27
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 23
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 16
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 13
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 10
IR - Internal Revenue Service Broadband Classification And Pay System Positions Only 5
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 4
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
VH - Professional, Administrative, And Managerial 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

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Operations Research 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
Insurance AccountsClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General Education and TrainingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health Aid and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Tax SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Operations Research Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Operations Researcher was $97,419. Since then, the average pay has increased to $130,516 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1515.

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